The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

By Betty Friedan

“If you’ve by no means learn it, learn it now.”―Arianna Huffington, O, The Oprah Magazine

Landmark, groundbreaking, classic―these adjectives slightly do justice to the pioneering imaginative and prescient and lasting influence of The female Mystique. released in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the challenge that has no name”: the insidious ideals and associations that undermined women’s self assurance of their highbrow services and stored them in the house. Writing in a time while the common girl first married in her young people and 60 percentage of girls scholars dropped out of faculty to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted objectives of a new release and confirmed ladies how they can reclaim their lives. half social chronicle, half manifesto, The female Mystique is stuffed with interesting anecdotes and interviews in addition to insights that proceed to encourage. This 50th–anniversary version beneficial properties an afterword through best-selling writer Anna Quindlen in addition to a brand new creation via Gail Collins.

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Her unlimited international gotten smaller to the comfortable partitions of domestic. The transformation, mirrored within the pages of the women’s magazines, was once sharply seen in 1949 and revolutionary during the fifties. “Femininity starts at Home,” “It’s a Man’s global Maybe,” “Have infants whereas You’re Young,” “How to Snare a Male,” “Should I cease paintings after we Marry? ” “Are You education Your Daughter to Be a spouse? ” “Careers at Home,” “Do ladies need to speak loads? ” “Why GI’s favor these German Girls,” “What ladies Can research from mom Eve,” “Really a Man’s international, Politics,” “How to carry directly to a contented Marriage,” “Don’t Be Afraid to Marry Young,” “The medical professional Talks approximately Breast-Feeding,” “Our child used to be Born at Home,” “Cooking to Me Is Poetry,” “The company of working a house.

It will possibly provide her a masculinity advanced. in any case, didn’t the e-book say: Woman’s intellectuality is to a wide quantity paid for through the lack of precious female traits. . . . All observations aspect to the truth that the highbrow lady is masculinized; in her hot, intuitive wisdom has yielded to chilly unproductive considering. 19 a lady doesn’t must be very lazy, very not sure, to take the trace. pondering, in any case, is tough paintings. in reality, she must do a little very chilly not easy puzzling over her personal hot, intuitive wisdom to problem this authoritative assertion.

No baby will be relentlessly formed to at least one trend of habit, yet as a substitute there may be many styles, in an international that had discovered to permit to every person the trend which was once such a lot congenial to his presents. 14 yet this isn't the imaginative and prescient the mystique took from Margaret Mead; neither is it the imaginative and prescient that she keeps to provide. more and more, in her personal pages, her interpretation blurs, is subtly remodeled, right into a glorification of ladies within the woman role—as outlined through their sexual organic functionality.

A few of these findings have been popularized within the composite case histories of The break up point seize, written through the Gordons in collaboration with Max Gunther (New York, 1960). 10. Richard E. Gordon, “Sociodynamics and Psychotherapy,” A. M. A. documents of Neurology and Psychiatry, April, 1959, Vol. eighty one, pp. 486–503. eleven. Adelaide M. Johnson and S. A. Szurels, “The Genesis of delinquent appearing Out in young children and Adults,” Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 1952, 21:323–343. 12. Ibid. thirteen. Beata Rank, “Adaptation of the Psychoanalytical approach for the remedy of little ones with extraordinary Development,” American magazine of Orthopsychiatry, XIX, 1, January, 1949.

Such tremendous severe and tenacious attachments, despite the fact that, lack the entire necessities of actual love—devotion, intuitive figuring out, and pleasure within the being of the opposite individual in his personal correct and in his personal means. to the contrary, those attachments are super possessive and have a tendency to deprive the associate of a “life of his personal. ” . . . the opposite individual is required now not as anyone to narrate oneself to; he's wanted for filling out one’s internal vacancy, one’s nothingness. This nothingness initially was once just a phantasy, yet with the chronic self-repression it techniques the country of being real.

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