Analysis Of Betty Friedan 's ' The Feminine Mystique ' Essay

1853 Words Nov 22nd, 2016 8 Pages
As millions of people completed the annual U.S. census during the post-World War II ‘good life’, there was a common theme amongst suburban white women, “occupation: Housewife”. Following the World War II, the U.S. experienced times of economic prosperity as the middle-class was as strong as it had ever been, home ownership was at an all-time high, and more purchasing power allowed for a mass consumption society. However, there was one major underlying problem, one that was coined in Betty Friedan’s, The Feminine Mystique, as ‘the problem that has no name’. The problem of no name, one that can only be understood by the women experiencing it, was the implicit unhappiness of women adhering to the fabricated image of the happy housewife depicted in the media and society. The general unhappiness of women as housewives was the product of a male dominated society, and was hardly discussed until Friedan’s revolutionary work that aimed to raise awareness on the issue. The Feminine Mystique critiqued the postwar American good life through analyzing the issues with women’s prescribed gender roles, the roots of it, and the costs to adhering to such a restrictive role. Some of Friedan’s findings that she claims contributed to, and further reinforced the prescribed gender roles in society included the spread of traditional Freudian knowledge, women as consumers in a mass consumption era, advertisement and propaganda, and the education system. In an era that is commonly referred to…

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