[To refer to another song, "No, no, they can't take that away from me."]

Nancy Kwan from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Flower Drum Song (soundtrack and lyrics below)

I was in the intellectual fringe in high school when I first heard this song, a few years after it came out, a time when people were still spouting nonsense about "thinking like a man" and I honestly thought I could never fall in love because you had to choose between a man and a career, and I knew I would die without a career. But I loved this song (despite reservations over some of the lyrics), and over the years I came to realize that I did, indeed, enjoy being a girl and that was al-right--even for someone who wanted the power and prestige of a man! I especially liked the line "I'm strictly a female female," so empowering to the juvenile intellectual! Fortunately, I did fall in love--at least a few times--and I did have a family and a career both. I was in the generation that made that happen, and I wonder how many people know that there are women alive today who lived through such ancient history!

I Enjoy Being a Girl 
 
I'm a girl, and by me that's only great!
I am proud that my silhouette is curvy,
That I walk with a sweet and girlish gait
With my hips kind of swivelly and swervy.

I adore being dressed in something frilly
When my date comes to get me at my place.
Out I go with my Joe or John or Billy,
Like a filly who is ready for the race!

When I have a brand new hairdo
With my eyelashes all in curl,
I float as the clouds on air do,
I enjoy being a girl!

When men say I'm cute and funny
And my teeth aren't teeth, but pearl,
I just lap it up like honey
I enjoy being a girl!

I flip when a fellow sends me flowers,
I drool over dresses made of lace,
I talk on the telephone for hours
With a pound and a half of cream upon my face!

I'm strictly a female female
And my future I hope will be
In the home of a brave and free male
Who'll enjoy being a guy having a girl... like... me.

When men say I'm sweet as candy
As around in a dance we whirl,
It goes to my head like brandy,
I enjoy being a girl!

When someone with eyes that smoulder
Says he loves ev'ry silken curl
That falls on my iv'ry shoulder,
I enjoy being a girl!

When I hear the compliment'ry whistle
That greets my bikini by the sea,
I turn and I glower and I bristle,
But I happy to know the whistle's meant for me!

I'm strictly a female female
And my future I hope will be
In the home of a brave and free male
Who'll enjoy being a guy having a girl... like... me.
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