The Age Old Argument Of Anatomy Is Destiny By Betty Friedan Essay

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At fourteen to twenty weeks after conception, a fetus is assigned a sex: they are either male or female. Sex has no strings attached initially — no defined roles or expectations outside of the rules regarding procreation, which inevitably sets men and women apart. Even after birth, it takes several months for infants to register the gender roles and still their gender identity is fluid, shifting with interests and outward appearances. It takes nearly half of their childhood for children to conform or identify as a specific gender while the remaining fluidity acts as a guiding post for what is acceptable for a specific gender and not for another. Betty Friedan confronts the age old argument of “anatomy is destiny” head-on in her text The Feminine Mystique and discusses the damage of this old prejudice, as she describes it, when reconfirmed with new evidence and updated arguments. What was missing from society’s constructs of femininity that has created the ideal woman in a way that wounds not only the potential of who a woman could be but also who a man could be? Reality is what has been and continues to be missing from the “anatomy is destiny” argument and that has an impact reaching every corner of gender identity.
After generations of women being told their purpose was within the home, they had begun to fixate on the idea that the proverbial “meaning to life” stemmed from motherhood and housewifery. As Friedan suggests in The Feminine Mystique; “They are chains made up of…

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