Remembering "The Sound of Music" Actress Charmian Carr
Charmian Carr, an incredible talent known for acting, passed away this weekend at the age of 73. The Internet has since responded with thousands of posts from fans whose lives she had touched.
Though she only appeared in one television show and one movie, the lyrics to her catchy song "16 Going On 17" have embedded themselves in the minds of any fan of "The Sound of Music," which was released in 1965.
Charmian Carr, you'll always be 16 going on 17 to me pic.twitter.com/k2OrZV4pd2
— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) September 18, 2016
And while the seemingly innocent melody plays on repeat for those remembering the late talent, many do not realize that the lyrics of the song may actually be very anti-feminist.
Playing the role of Liesl von Trapp in the film, Carr listens as Rolfe Gruber sings of taking care of her — "Your life, little girl, is an empty page, That men will want to write on."
Innocently and sweetly believing the song is one of romance, she responds describing her naivety, "Totally unprepared am I, to face a world of men... I need someone older and wiser telling me what to do."
The song, one intended to depict a young romance, clearly highlights that while there is a lingering need for the improvement of female roles in movies and television, some progress has been made since the sixties.
"Someone once told me that children are like kites," Carr wrote in "Forever Liesl," adding, "You struggle just to get them in the air; they crash; you add a longer tail. Then they get caught in a tree; you climb up and bring them down, and untangle the string; you run to get them aloft again. Finally, the kite is airborne, and it flies higher and higher, as you let out more string, until it's so high in the sky, it looks like a bird. And if the string snaps, and you've done your job right, the kite will continue to soar in the wind, all by itself."
In a perfectly feminist version of the film, Liesl would not sing about needing Rolfe. Liesl would know she is a kite — and she will soar all by herself.
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