The Feminine Mystique By Betty Friedan Essay

1987 Words Nov 11th, 2016 8 Pages
The Feminine Mystique is a novel written by Betty Friedan analyzing the sadness and depression many American women felt during the 1950’s. Friedan’s research describes the subservient conditions women experienced and labels their mutual disappointment as “the problem with no name.”1 Friedan defines feminine mystique as women’s limited potential through society’s idealized image of the housewife occupation. Linking the unhappiness and emptiness women felt to both social and internal conflict rooted in the feminine mystique. In order to influence her audience Friedan presents her research through a combination of reliable statistics, first-person narratives, and her own experience. Friedan consistently contextualizes her influence through vivid imagery and historical reference. The Feminine Mystique is a critical outlet of Friedan’s research and a widespread attempt to influence her audience’s ability to think critically about the shifting role of women in society. As a wife and mother living during the post-World War II era, consumer culture spread the stereotype that lifelong fulfillment is rooted within marriage and motherhood.
Returning soldiers reclaimed their jobs as journalists and reporters, reducing women’s periodical ability to influence the media. These war-ridden soldiers dreamed of returning to a cozy, well-maintained house and immediately began to fill magazines with housewife propaganda. This new image “seem[ed] to encourage mindlessness, increasing emphasis on…

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