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The Feminine Mystique First Published In 1963, The Feminine Mystique Ignited A Revolution That Profoundly Changed Our Culture, Our Consciousness, And Our Lives Today It Newly Penetrates To The Heart Of Issues Determining Our Lives And Sounds A Call To Arms Against The Very Real Dangers Of A New Feminine Mystique In The Economic And Political Turbulence Of The 1990s. Reading this book is bittersweet for me Every sentence, every paragraph, every chapter, I m cheering Friedan on At first, I kept thinking, If only I d read this when I was a teenager in the early 1970s, it would have saved me a lot of grief the years I spent looking for men to save me, to give me an identity If I d read it back then, maybe I would have recognized the wretched inequalities in my world The book so clearly depicts the ideals of my mother and of many women of her generation born in the 1920s And because of my mother s firm belief in the feminine mystique woman born for man s purposes , I was trained by her to believe that this was the only way to be a women in the world Realistically, if I d read TFM in my Southern Baptist youth, I m sure I would have rebelled against it, finding those scriptures that remind women to keep silent.This should be a must read for everyone, especially those who aren t clear on the history of equality for women, . What struck me the most when I read this as a teenager and this was the first of its genre I read was how, in excruciatingly familiar detail, it described my mother God rest her soul, I didn t appreciate it at the time and it didn t make me any less of a brat Her life had been a life typical of many women that entered the workforce during WWII Instead of marrying when the war ended, she stayed on and attained a position of prominence for a woman at that time She married very late, at age 29, and overnight went from the life of an independent woman with a busy career in a big city, to a full time small city housewife I believed then and I believe now that to succumb willingly to a life of, let s face it, servitude and domesticity, with a sudden, total loss of status can kill you But now society throws many little bones to housewives, and actually makes them even think they can dictate public policy from the front seat of their minivans It s a lie, now as then Just spend a fe The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is an iconic book that relentlessly changed the way the American woman saw herself, until its first publication in 1963 Feministic in a good way, without the morbid extravaganza other reads of that type hold, it s relevant even now and if you don t choose to believe so, at least you can appreciate it as a historical document In my opinion the above statement holds truth than any other quote about gender equality every did Of course not all of her suggestions are correct, or well examined Many of her points are dislodged to the extremity of becoming eerie representations of what it might have been at first as an idea But no one can be so foolish as to ignore the masterful and underrated until then meaning behind every single testament, the choice.The free choise In few words the significance and value of the book lays completely in this little concept This commanding, severe notion For centuries in different stages every era the woman as an archetype had very particular jobs to do Marrying, taking care of the house, ra I was born in 1959 and when this came out originally in 1963, I was 4 years old I went to school in Atlanta in the 1960 s and 1970 s When I was in elementary school grades 1 7 from fall of 1965 to June of 1972, I was struck by the differences between other women and my mother For example, every single one of the other moms of the kids in my classes from 1st to 7th grade were housewives While those moms cooked, cleaned, raised kids, gossiped with each other, and volunteered to give class parties, my own mother worked She and my father owned a bookstore and my mother worked full time My dad was the only dad picking up his kid at my elementary school which fascinated the other mothers who came to pick up theirs I had a nanny, a lovely black woman named Ruth who was a second mom to me and was herself a working mom My mother had a copy of this book and I remember talking to her about it when I was around 13 She had me read it and we discussed it, a practice we had enjoyed my whole life Suddenly I understood why my mother made her career a priority and why she had so m Have you ever read one of Richard Yates s novels such as Revolutionary Road and said Gaaaawwwwwd, he s a great writer, but why d he have to make it so depressing The Feminine Mystique will show you that he was accurately portraying the despair and feeling of entrapment many married women were experiencing in post WWII America 4.5 stars Hard to rate because it s often needlessly wordy and overlong in general, but her extensive research and groundbreaking at the time informat I am very grateful for all the things Betty Friedan did so that I was raised in a less sexist world That being said, this book was pretty bad for two main reasons First, Friedan writes emotionally rather than rationally She does not appeal to my rational brain but rather attempts to manipulate me emotionally by painting a very dramatic portrait that pins Every Problem Ever on women staying home with the kids Friedan has to resort to this style of emotional fluff that I find very boring because of her failure to research thoroughly her subject which led to her failure to grasp the bigger picture She needed to study the history of women s rights for two thousand years, not one hundred She needed to study the history of family life for at least a thousand years to understand why women are home with the kids Then she would have written a much interesting book.Social roles are fascinating Playing the part of woman or man rather than being yourself, the human propensity for living an inauthentic life based around trying to be someone else s idea of good, is a common human problem, not a female one But Friedan doesn t address the human problem of role playing, she just attacks one role played by one group of people in one short time period And even in her time period men suffered from the exact same inauthentic, i don t think i ve ever seen the word beatnikery in print before i think the reason to read this book is to gain an understanding of feminism in the mid century Zietgiest It gave me some things to think about, despite being hopelessly outdated and terribly repetitive i was particularly intrigued by the idea that manufacturers would want to keep women bored and at home in order to sell them consumer goods As a full time career woman in Ms Friedan s parlance i find i can still manage to spend obscene amounts of money on my home, clothes, shoes, car, entertainment, travel, etc If there was a marketing conspiracy to keep women in the home, it doesn t seem to have been well founded, but the suggestion has caused me to look around and consider some of the modern manupulations of women s roles as directed by commercial media i think the main obstacles preventing this book from passing as modern are 1 the overt disapproval of homosexuals or any kind of sexual deviance from the apple pie norm 2 the radical gene I read excerpts from The Feminine Mystique at university, and have wanted to read entire book for a few years now While this book is still important and highlights the ways in which sociology, higher ed, economy hell, even architecture betrayed women, for every positive post it note I found something problematic I would love to see addressed in a footnote or the foreword, which will probably never happen in my lifetime Sorry for focusing on the bad and the ugly, but this book already has many good reviews and my qualms go beyond I am a happy SAHM and strongly disagree tone of many negative ones.1 I love my job and returned to it with tires metaphorically screeching at the end of my maternity leave But even I don t believe women who can find satisfaction solely as housewives mothers don t exist Ms Friedan did not manage to find a single one.What is , she keeps hearing about someone who reportedly is a fulfilled mother and housewife, and time and time again after an honest conversation, these mythical beings are reduced to tears, sobbing how much they envy working women More importantly, I could not resist the impression that the author can interprets the same pursuit say, community work as either pathetic time filler if a woman is unsatisfied with her life or a fantastic way of self actualization if a w

About the Author: Betty Friedan

Betty Friedan was an American feminist, activist and writer, best known for starting what is commonly known as the Second Wave of feminism through the writing of her book The Feminine Mystique.

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