Sixty years ago, I imagine Hammerstein wrote ''I Enjoy Being a Girl'' to contrast Linda Low, who's brassy and more ''Americanized,'' with Mei Li, who's shy and an immigrant. And he depicted her as a gal who adores ''being dressed in something frilly'' and loves to obsess over her clothes and makeup. Even though that's how Linda characterizes herself as a ''strictly female female,'' I doubt Hammerstein wrote the song as a manifesto of how all women should be.
When you take ''I Enjoy Being a Girl'' out of the show and out of context, its lyrics can be seen as sexist. And thus, this ''Red Bucket'' salute chose to rewrite the song as a paean to female empowerment, especially in a post-MeToo era. If I have a quibble with the new lyrics, it's rhyming ''frilly'' with ''really.'' Really?