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At the spry age of 68, and at her party, Lesley Gore decided to die of lung cancer.

Hey, you would die too if it happened to you.

After her smash hit “It’s My Party” in 1963, Lesley went on to not be owned by anyone and established herself as an early voice of feminism right there with Betty Friedan (whose book, “The Feminine Mystique” came out on ‘63).

Her single, “You Don’t Own Me” was written from a woman’s perspective with a decidedly feminist bent; it took no prisoners, made no apologies. It climbed to No. 2 on the charts, just behind the Beatles’ “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”  Frickin’ Beatles.  Always keepin’ the woman down.  Misogynistic bastards!

In 2012, as a PSA, the song was lip-synched by women such as Carrie Brownstein, Sia Furler and… ugh… Lena Dunham.  Why does the unfunny, reprehensible personality of Lena Dunham keep popping up?  God.  She is awful.  If you want a

Secretly, gore just wanted to stay in the kitchen... but not barefoot and pregnant.  She preferred to wear slippers.

Secretly, gore just wanted to stay in the kitchen… but not barefoot and pregnant. She preferred to wear slippers.

modern feminist role model, look towards my Poehler or Tina Fey (which you should totally do).  You do not need to lower yourself to the awfulness of Lena Dunham to be a feminist.  That’s my PSA.

Lesley Gore went on to famously beat George W. Bush in the 2000 election… but the the mostly male Supreme Court gave Florida to Bush, thwarting her from taking her duly elected office.

Men.

This hit goes to: Anne!  She is now tied for second!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Tailgating with Jesus: 80 – (Jean Béliveau – 20, Ernie Banks – 20, Jerry Tarkanian – 20)

Anne: 70 – (Joe Cocker – 30, Lesley Gore – 40)

Jami: 70 – (Diem Brown)

Nikki: 60 – (Stuart Scott – 60)

I-Steve (a.k.a: The Arch-Bishop!): 40 – (Fiorenzo Angelini – 10, Jorge María Mejía – 10, Cardinal Karl Josef Becker – 20)

Fearless Ghoul Pool Administrator: 30 – (King Abdullah – 10, Joe Franklin – 20)

Team Sushi: 30 – (Marion Barry – 30)

Mostly Mike: 20 – (Ralph H Baer – 10, Edward W. Brooke III – 10)

The Girl on Fire: 20 – (Mario Cuomo – 20)

The Mortician’s Daughter:  10 – (“Little” Jimmy Dickens – 10)

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