Criticism In The Feminine Mystique By Betty Friedan
Friedan incorporated interviews conducted with women experiencing identical feelings of dissatisfaction. Women were told that “they had the starring roles, that their parts were just as important as, perhaps even more important as the parts of their husband.”8 A growing feeling of existential crises gripped housewives. In one of her interviews, an old women’s flat familiar tone describes her discontent, “I’m looking for something to satisfy me. I think it would be the most wonderful thing in the world to work, to be useful. But I don’t know how to do anything.”9 Another mother expresses her dissatisfaction by claiming she felt that she no longer relate to an identity. Friedan argues that the more a women is deprived of real function, or sense of ability, the more she will resent finishing her housework. With no real influence outside her home and family, the housewife was expected to be completely devoted to her work. These narratives humanize housewives ' grievances and potentially influence reader’s to reflect upon their own interactions with their …show more content…
Friedan’s influential movement founded multiple organizations supporting and advocating women’s rights. The persuasive techniques she incorporated appealed to the sympathetic qualities found within all humans. Friedan’s presentation of academic journals and criticisms create and define the idea of the feminine mystique. Her numerical data inspires critical reasoning within her audience. Periodically incorporating first person narrative, Friedan strengthens her personal relationship with the reader through detailed recollections of her encounters with the feminine mystique.
Friedan formed a podium for which to speak about feminine issues and progressively persuades her audience’s views to be more open minded. Friedan promotes education, a universal search of meaning, and the power to use intellect to avoid becoming imprisoned by the feminine mystique. She calls for a reconsideration of what outlines femininity, and redefined women’s choices as the construct for their roles in society. Friedan encourages women to negate the predominant culture gripping society and overcome the subservient conditions meant to keep them physically and intellectually