Essay about The Feminist Mystique

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Betty Friedan is either a liberator and creator of the vast second wave of Feminism or she’s an oppressive, opportunistic individual who simply represents a narrow demographic in the loudest possible way. Her book, The Feminine Mystique, has been used to both support and deny these claims. Proponents of her book say it was an important publicization for the idea that women need something beyond children and a husband for happiness and life satisfaction.1 However, opponents, like historian Joanne Meyerowitz, author of the book Beyond the Feminine Mystique: A Reassessment of Postwar Mass Culture, 1946-1958, state that not only did her book displayed information that was blatantly false, but her overfocus on suburban middle class white women …show more content…
The Cold War and the paranoid political climate it created forced Betty Friedan to write in its constraints.
Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique has inspired countless of responses, praises, and condemnations. Her book inspired to solve the “problem with no name” which is defined as a sense of incompleteness and emptiness amongst homemakers.5 Her belief and philosophy states women now, with the combination of education, and the convenience of modern day appliances and vehicles being a housewife was suddenly not as satisfying and led to hysteria (or as one Cleveland doctor said, housewife syndrome). As she states in the line, “I want something more than my husband, children and my home”,6 Friedan wanted to defy and crush the domestic restraints that burdened womanhood. Using testimonials from actual housewives, combined with statistics about the dropping marriage age and rising fertility rate Friedan noted the emotional discontent in many homemakers across the nation.7 Friedan also noted that the only alternative presented by the media was, instead of being a homemaker, to be a neurotic careerwoman and how the media encouraged the glorification of a homemaker for purely

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