Feminine Mystique / Edition 1

Feminine Mystique / Edition 1

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by Betty Friedan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393322572

ISBN-13: 2900393322575

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

Here, reissued, is the book that jump-started the modern women's movement, filled with ideas and inspiration as vital to women today as when it first appeared. More than three decades later, the issues raised by Friedan still strike at the core of the challenges women face at home and in the workplace. As women continue to struggle for equality, to keep their hard-won…  See more details below

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Here, reissued, is the book that jump-started the modern women's movement, filled with ideas and inspiration as vital to women today as when it first appeared. More than three decades later, the issues raised by Friedan still strike at the core of the challenges women face at home and in the workplace. As women continue to struggle for equality, to keep their hard-won gains, and to find fulfillment in careers, marriage, and family, "The Feminine Mystique" remains a profound consciousness-raising work. This edition features a new introduction, "Metamorphosis: Two Generations Later," which addresses the complex issues women face today, such as family leave, health insurance, welfare reform, and sexual discrimination and harassment in the military. Betty Friedan also relates some of feminism's hard-won victories: the shrinking wage gap between men and women, increased visibility of women in sports, and new flexibility for working parents.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900393322575
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512

Table of Contents

Metamorphosis: Two Generations Later
Twenty Years After
Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Adition3
Preface and Acknowledgments9
1The Problem That Has No Name15
2The Happy Housewife Heroine33
3The Crisis in Woman's Identity69
4The Passionate Journey80
5The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund Freud103
6The Functional Freeze, the Feminine Protest, and Margaret Mead126
7The Sex-Directed Educators150
8The Mistaken Choice182
9The Sexual Sell206
10Housewifery Expands to Fill the Time Available233
11The Sex-Seekers258
12Progressive Dehumanization: The Comfortable Concentration Camp282
13The Forfeited Self310
14A New Life Plan for Women338
Epilogue379
Thoughts on Becoming a Grandmother397
Notes419
Index445

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The Feminine Mystique 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The cornerstone of feminist lit. A must read, but beware. Mystique is written from a specific perspective and one should not get all their 'feminist' ideas from this one book. Women of color in particular have had complaint since they are not given a voice and the life described by Friedan is not their own. Do give it a read though!
Danibelle More than 1 year ago
Anyone and everyone who considers themselves interested in the subject of femininity and women's place in society should read this book. Every young woman should read this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend 'The Feminine Mystique' by Betty Friedan. She presents a remarkable, historically-based, argument for women to rise above the chains of the kitchen and their childrens' diapers. In the end, she presents a plan for women to progress in the world as it appeared in 1962, when originally published. The great thing about her plan is that it is still relevant today - the major point being that education should be the focal point for any person that wishes to rise above their place in life. I am recommending this book for men and women alike - particularly married couples.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a must read. This was quite a controversial book of its time (1964). I was captivated by the first couple of chapters. I underlined powerful one-liners and wanted to reread it again to analyse its technique of persuasion. I'll be honest; I wasn't as excited about the middle chapters actually skipping a few. You see, each chapter explores how the 1st couple of chapters relate to another idea so it started crossing me as repeatious (though overall this only lends to its plausibility), but *do read the 1st and last few chapters* at the very, very least
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was such a good book, and everything that she had to see was backed up with evidence. Her research was amazing.
lzbuds More than 1 year ago
Changed my view of myself and why and how I became such a person. Gave me the courage and grace to see my family, myself and my children and how we were forced to believe live a life of lies. They say the truth will set you free, well next to the bible this book of a history never taught will. It is a challenge to find yourself in this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw this book it got my attention. I have always been interested in how women think. When I saw this book I thought that it was going to be about how women think and what they want in life. When I started reading the book I noticed that it was about a whole different thing, not what i expected. But it is still a good book to read, I recommend it to the married couples. In this book the author talks about different ideas of women. It compares women from the past, women that fought and went through all the struggles to be recognized as a human being. Because back then, this book says, women weren't equal to men, and weren't considered human being, becuase all they did was take care of the family and fulfill man's pleasure. Compared to the women of the time when this book was written, it says that maybe all the things that women fought for were in vain because women are going back on just being a housewife. It also talks about the problems that women had. Even though they had everything they needed something else. How magazines shape women and theories about women such as Sigmund Freud.
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Amy_N0526 More than 1 year ago
i only have a few minutes so im not going to do this like an english paper or whatever so forgive me. but this book was good...it wasn't new to me because i already know a lot on the feminist movement so i felt like i was rereading all the info i already know. but when i think about it if i was in the 1960s and it just came out.. as a woman i would've gotten off my ass and done something. because we all have our own lives to live. there is so much more to life than pleasing others. we are our own person with our own soul with our own purpose. it makes me sad for those women who are so intelligent and decide to settle and not push themselves further and live their potential life. it is really motivating and inspiring and i definitly suggest it to be a book you must read as soon as you can
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Ooh it was just delightful. I learned so much about my people. I have learned how to cope with my feelings and how to deal with men. I only wish more of us would read this wonderful book.
of-course More than 1 year ago
Aside from the few historical chapters regarding the rights and legal changes that were hard fought, the Feminine Mystique is nothing more than the rantings of a raving lunatic who had a giant chip on her shoulder about her lot in life and blamed everyone under sun for it. But at least I now get the tongue in cheek humor of Fear of Flying.