The Feminine Mystique. IdentifierTheFeminineMystique. Identifier-arkark:// t1kh6wg OcrABBYY FineReader (Extended OCR). Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine. Editorial Reviews. Review. “The Feminine Mystique forever changed the conversation as well eBook features: Highlight, take notes, and search in the book; In this edition, page numbers are just like the physical edition; Length: pages; Word Wise.

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Read "The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)" by Betty Friedan available from Rakuten Kobo. Sign up today and get $5 off your first download. Get this from a library! The feminine mystique. [Betty Friedan]. Compre o livro The Feminine Mystique na confira as ofertas The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition) e mais milhares de eBooks.

The only out of date parts are sections that refer to Sigmund Freud.

For example, Autism is blamed on a "distant mother. Overall, this book is a must read for men and women. I look at current advertisement differently now.


However in the ad world I don't think a whole lot has changed. The Mr.

Clean commercials still show a woman standing proudly over her clean kitchen floor. I had never read this and probably won't finish it because it is dated and focuses on women getting a job.

Our issues have changed since the '60's.

Now we are getting the jobs, but not always equal pay or opportunity. Good old boys still alive and well at least in the midwest. Skip to main navigation Skip to main navigation Skip to search Skip to search Skip to content.

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Saved Searches Advanced Search. This process culminated in the return of WWII soldiers and the banishment of many married, white women from the workplace.

Encouraged to forego careers and to see their education as a means to finding a mate, these women would eventually be told that becoming a good housewife required giving up on any other aspirations. The Feminine Mystique argued that beneath the daily routines and surface contentment of most housewives' lives lay a deep well of insecurity, self-doubt and unhappiness that they could not articulate even to themselves.

From the outset Coontz makes clear that much of what people believe they know about The Feminine Mystique stems from critiques of the text rather than the claims the book actually made.

In fact, in hindsight The Feminine Mystique makes few radical statements and what Friedan argues has very little in common with the feminist activism that emerged in the decade after the book's publication. One of the biggest misconceptions at the time, which Coontz dispels thoroughly, is the belief that Friedan advocated that women should leave the home for a job, any job.

Instead Friedan implored women with the education and talents to do so much more, to seek out occupations, paid and unpaid, which would improve the quality of their lives. While a much more mundane argument today, Coontz illustrates that in a post-World War II America defined by conformity, consumerism and tightening gender roles which idealized the male breadwinner family, for women to leave the home for personal fulfillment jeopardized the foundations on which post-War America rested.

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Coontz is determined to rehabilitate the book's notorious reputation in American history. By explaining the particular restraints placed on American women, legally and socially, she reminds the reader that Friedan's book, and the women who felt it spoke to their experience, were at once a product of the times; somewhere in between wartime insecurities and the backlash against post-war inequalities.

However, while Coontz is willing largely to dismiss Friedan's failings, she must take on what has become the largest critique of Friedan's work. In no uncertain terms, Friedan did not write about "American women" as a whole.

Rather, the entirety of the text is meant to explain the lives of educated, middle class white women.

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Friedan neglects the experiences of working class women of any race, and African American women of any class. At the beginning of her own work, Coontz makes clear that much of the history she will offer is most relevant to educated white women, but not all of it. In this way, the reader is much more prepared for the unfolding of her story than Friedan's early working class or Black readers. And with a subject like The Feminine Mystique, the reader understands Coontz's disclaimer and bears her no ill will.

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But in the seventh chapter, Coontz does consider those women whom Friedan did not.Yet as Daniel Horowitz persuasively demonstrates in this illuminating and provocative biography, the roots of Friedan's feminism run much deeper than she has led us to believe.

In the end, A Strange Stirring is a pleasure to read, fascinating and a little bit uncomfortable, like the history recounted in its pages. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.

As women continue to struggle for equality, to keep their hard-won gains, to find fulfillment in their careers, marriage and family, The Feminine Mystique remains the seminal conciousness-raising work of our times. The Feminine Mystique is a book by Betty Friedan which is widely credited with sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism in the United States. Preview this item Preview this item.

While this book was written in it has held up well to time.

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