The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique Best Read || [Betty Friedan Anna Quindlen] - The Feminine Mystique, The Feminine Mystique The book that changed the consciousness of a country and the world Landmark groundbreaking classic these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long lasting effects of Betty Friedan s The F

  • Title: The Feminine Mystique
  • Author: Betty Friedan Anna Quindlen
  • ISBN: 9780393322576
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Feminine Mystique Best Read || [Betty Friedan Anna Quindlen] - The Feminine Mystique, The Feminine Mystique The book that changed the consciousness of a country and the world Landmark groundbreaking classic these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long lasting effects of Betty Friedan s The F

    • The Feminine Mystique Best Read || [Betty Friedan Anna Quindlen]
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    The Feminine Mystique

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    1. 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.

    2. Ladies, the next time you decide you don t want to cook dinner that night, that you d rather read a book instead I want you to give a little fist bump to the heavens in honor of Betty Friedan It s because of her that you even have that opportunity to make that choice.Let s clear something up right now The Feminine Mystique is not a text on how to become a man hating, radical, hairy armpitted lesbian If that s what you think this is about, my review isn t going to change your mind so you might as [...]

    3. 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understanding of feminism in the mid century Zietgiest It gave me some things to think about, despite being hopelessly outdated and terribly repetitive i was particularly intrigued by the idea that manufacturers would want to keep women bored and at home in order to sell them consumer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 obs [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 suggestio [...]

    7. 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, [...]

    8. 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 information warrant a high rat [...]

    9. 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 o [...]

    10. 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 go [...]

    11. I had a demeaning encounter with Ms Friedan on the topic of celebrating 30 years of the Feminist Movement As a Homemaker Mom, she chastised me for aiming to put the women s movement back 30 years Wasting my education, becoming overly invested in my children, she tried her best to shame me into compliance Never one to comply I left her royal presence shaking my head What an angry woman Years later, working with some new moms of a younger generation I mentioned the criticisms dished out to those o [...]

    12. required reading for feminists, i ve been told for me, it was helpful to read this in light of my recent life changes i think that the past failures of society towards women should be a learning opportunity for me that said, it is important to note that the book was written in 1963 and the women it seeks to represent are mostly white, mid to upper class, living in prosperous cities and suburbs in the northeast it isn t an exhaustive cataloguing of ills i consider it merely an expository tool to [...]

    13. Such a revolutionary work for its age I feel thankful that Betty Friedan had the guts to publish this feminist manifesto and give voice to the dissatisfaction of so many women around her Keep in mind The Feminine Mystique s publication date now, it may seem obvious that women are so much than placid housewives and subservient sex objects, but back in early twentieth century America, they still faced blatant sexism masked under messages about how to maintain a family I still see these issues pla [...]

    14. I picked up this book on a whim because its one of those books that we all know played an important part in the women s movement But, having grown up a generation after the women s movement began, I always sort of felt like there wouldn t be a whole lot in there that I didn t already know or hadn t already heard I have to say, though, I learned quite a bit.It is a dense book with very long chapters and therefore is not a quick read And although there is a little bit of repetitiveness, you can te [...]

    15. Carrie Underwood is a chart topping superstar, but she d give it all up for her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher If Mike ever told me he needed me to quit, I d quit, Underwood told People magazine Wednesday When you make that promise to somebody, and you stand before God and your family and friends, you ve got to do everything that you possibly can to make that work Underwood also revealed that Fisher s fit body inspires her to keep in shape Even when he s like, I m so out of shape, he still h [...]

    16. It terrifies me how relevant this book still is to my life today, and how much of my mother and to some extent, myself I see in the women Friedan is addressing Dealing predominantly with a mystery malaise impacting American housewives in the 1950s, The Feminine Mystique is a call to action a reminder that equality doesn t end with winning the votes, it ends with both sexes being equally encouraged, and empowered, to fully realise their potential as a human being.A powerful message, eloquently to [...]

    17. I suppose that if I owned a bra, now I would burn it Truth be told, the tone and even the message of this book were unexpectedly a tad bit tamer than I had presumed That is, in building the bandwagon to rescue hordes of imagined captive wives still enthralled by that evil mystique that cannot be named, and its resultant suburban housewifery, Betty Friedan does not throw men and marriage under the bus, at least not directly.The main idea here, of course, is that between 1945 and 1960 women of int [...]

    18. Some context I have always considered myself a feminist, from the first time I heard the word around age 10 In junior high I became a loyal subscriber of New Moon and vehement despiser of Teen, and after my parents went to bed I d sneak into online chat rooms to assume the identity of a 27 year old veteran named Roger who was staunchly anti war and pro choice Turned out people were much willing to engage with him than a 14 year old girl, in a pretty rad reverse to catch a predator move In high [...]

    19. The following quote sums up much of what I took away from the book Self esteem in woman, as well as in man, can only be based on real capacity, competence, and achievement on deserved respect from others rather than unwarranted adulation.if that occupation does not demand, or permit, realization of woman s full abilities, it cannot provide self esteem, much less pave the way to a higher level of self realization This is a book that, while dated, should be a must read for all women in patriarchal [...]

    20. Review time Disclaimer Had this books been written within the last 20 years I would have given it 1 star But it s not It was written almost 50 years ago Is this book an important read for a feminist Yes Hell yes Why 1 This book is relevant The book discussed a problem that plagues women granted a specific woman of a certain ethnicity, income, level of education and social status when they abandon all pursuits and take on occupation housewife In that sense it reads almost like a dystopian novel I [...]

    21. What a powerful book, and I think not very out of date Betty Friedan does some studies of women, university graduates, and discovers that in the 50s and early 60s women were dropping out of school, getting married younger than any time before, and dleaving the workplace to be housewife at a higher rate than previously was occurring Why, she asks, is this happening in a time when the feminist movement was meant to have won some serious gains The reason is the feminine mystique, the idea that a wo [...]

    22. So Betty Friedan s The Feminine Mystique is to feminism as Rachel Carson s Silent Spring is to environmentalism works that defined a movement and changed the world so profoundly that the worlds described within them seem alien to my modern eyes.Some things, of course, haven t changed the feminine mystique that is, societal pressure to be feminine is alive and well girls experience pressure to be pretty than to be smart, there is no social stigma to claim your occupation as housewife though I fi [...]

    23. Betty Friedan s The Feminine Mystique is widely considered a modern classic and seen as the seminal, ground breaking work which supposedly single handedly started the second wave of feminism back in the 1960s I kept seeing Betty Draper in virtually every chapter of the book and wondered if the character in Mad Men was actually named after Betty Friedan as some kind of twisted joke Whilst many people in my book club didn t manage to read the whole book they thought it dry , repetitive , hard goin [...]

    24. Awful Just awful The moment you compare the lives of American middle class housewives to concentration camp inhabitants I m out.

    25. Getting through his iconic feminist text took work but I am so glad I read it The work of reading it took different forms.Hardest to read were the passages where she cited primary sources such as Freudian psychiatry, sociology, magazine writing, and the advertising of the times Only when I reached the end of the book did I appreciate the meticulous way in which she built her thesis It made for a good many pages of fairly dry reading.I concluded that she had been influenced by both Simon de Beauv [...]

    26. I am super happy that I read this book I can understand why it has gotten some criticism, and a book of this nature written in the present day would have to better address intersectionality There would need to be attention paid to the issues of women of color, poor women, immigrant women, LGBT women, etc That said, as a feminist scholar, I m glad I read this book I think it was an important book for the time it was written, and it was brave enough to address the stigma against homosexuality, th [...]

    27. 4.5 stars I m going to sum what I want to say in some questions from the book, Did women want these freedoms because they wanted to be men Or did they want them because they also were human What happens when education gives new authority to the feminine shoulds which already have the authority of tradition, convention, prejudice, popular opinion instead of giving women the power of critical thought, the independence and autonomy to question blind authority, new or old what happens if the environ [...]

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