The Lost Sex, By Farnham And Ferdinand Lundberg Essay

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The United States, during the years 1920-1945, was not merely divided by race, religion, and social class, but also, it was divided by “racially gendered roles and expectations.” During this time, there were many fluctuations in gender related views. At one point, women were gaining a small taste of “independence” in the 1920’s, but hidden gender discrimination quickly masked their independence during the time of the Great Depression and World War II. An excerpt from Modern Woman: The Lost Sex, written by Farnham and Ferdinand Lundberg in 1947, perfectly depicts the inequitable gender roles placed on women, during this period, in comparison to men. No matter how much support for equality the women received (e.g. National Woman Suffrage Association, etc.), women were continuously portrayed as inferior to men. Women of the time were obligated to decide between following the customary role of remaining at home and taking care of the children or striving for a career that others perceived as psychic catastrophe. Some of the social problems that were thought to have surfaced when women joined the paid workforce included masculinity, the deprivation of themselves and others, rivalry and loss of sexual gratification. However, I do not agree with the accusations that working women are a problem to society as the authors were portraying.

The life of a woman between the years 1920 and 1945 was a roller coaster of obligations. Originally, women were mere beauty icons…

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