Primary Source Analysis on "The Feminine Mystique" Essay

1144 Words May 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Potter 1
Rebecca Potter
Section 4975
12 May 2015
Primary Source Analysis on The Feminine Mystique The Feminine Mystique is the title of a book written by Betty Friedan who has also founded The National Organization for Women (NOW) to help US women gain equal rights. She describes the "Feminine Mystique" as the heightened awareness of the expectations of women and how each woman has to fit a certain role as a little girl, an uneducated and unemployed teenager, and finally as a wife and mother who is happy to clean the house and cook things all day. After World War II, a lot of women's organizations began to appear with the goal of bringing the issues of equal rights into the limelight. The Feminine Mystique also seems to come
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An enormous problem for women in this time was the psychological stress of dealing with this role that was presented to them. The happily married, perpetually baking, eternally mopping, Donna Reed that lived in every house on the block with her hard working husband and her twelve children that existed in the media made women feel that there was something wrong with them if they didn't enjoy their housewife lifestyle. And it was not easy for women to deal with this problem. As Betty Friedan talks about in The Feminine Mystique, “For over fifteen years women in America found it harder to talk about this problem than about sex.”(152) Any psychiatrists were baffled and the problem was often ignored with no known solution because everyone found it to not make any sense. Also, Women of low economic status also struggled a great deal because they had to deal with the problems associated with a single income household which could become very frustrating when she has every reason to get a job, but cannot. It is also harder to raise children with a low income and provide for the family as she was expected to. Potter 3 Friedan notes that the uncertainties and fears during World War II and the Cold War made Americans long for the

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