Interviews with Betty Friedan

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Writer, teacher, and public intellectual, Betty Friedan has been in the spotlight almost continuously since the publication of The Feminine Mystique, her landmark book, in 1963.

Transforming Friedan into the mother of modern feminism, that book challenged the prevailing gender ideology in the country and ultimately led to one of the most profound movements for social change in American history. Friedan has been a passionate advocate of social and economic justice in America for nearly four decades.

Interviews with Betty Friedan is the first collection of her public discussions. Combative, witty, sly, and unrestrained, Friedan was often her own worst enemy in interviews. Early in her public career she avoided them, distrusting the way media portrayed her. Journalists, she complained, wrote as often about her appearance--droopy-eyed, messy, frumpy, drunk--as they did about what she said.

"It is ironic," notes editor Janann Sherman, "that the genre she resented for misrepresenting her serves so well in this volume in letting her speak for herself."

In Interviews with Betty Friedan, Sherman has gathered interviews spanning the thirty-six years at the heart of Friedan's career as a public intellectual. While Friedan's body of published work spells out her positions on a host of important public matters, these interviews cover a much broader range of social, political, and personal topics.

Though she spawned a movement, the tenor of feminism quickly changed, and Friedan battled to regain ground lost to radicals and lesbian feminists, whom she called "the lavender menace." Throughout these interviews the logic of her arguments about equity and fairness--as well as the remarkable consistency of her views about men, women, and the American family--provide a rich resource for scholarly research.

In showing her political and philosophical development, the interviews reveal Friedan as one of the twentieth century's most significant thinkers.

Janann Sherman is an associate professor of history at the University of Memphis. Her previous books include No Place for a Woman: A Life of Senator Margaret Chase Smith and, with Carol Lynn Yellin, The Perfect 36: Tennessee Delivers Woman Suffrage.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Chronology
Betty Friedan's Pet Pique: The Feminine Mystique - Angry Battler for Her Sex 3
Mother Superior to Women's Lib 7
The Liberation of Betty Friedan 25
Should You Accept Alimony? An Interview with Betty Friedan 35
Once More to the Ramparts 39
My Side: Betty Friedan 52
Betty Friedan: Her Brave New World 59
The Emancipation of Betty Friedan 64
A Feminist in the Late '80s 74
Betty Friedan Is Still Telling It Like It Is 84
Playboy Interview: Betty Friedman 88
Portrait of a Feminist as an Old Woman 117
Betty Friedan: The Fountain of Age 130
Betty Friedan: Now She's Making Waves in The Fountain of Age 147
An Interview with Betty Friedan 153
A Conversation with Betty Friedan 161
After the Mystique Is Gone 166
Feminism's Matriarch 171
Friedan's New Agenda: Fairness to Men, Too 174
The New Frontier of Feminism: Busting the Masculine Mystique 177
A Conversation with Betty Friedan 181
Behind the Feminist Mystique 189
Index 195
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