The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Feminine Mystique (50th Anniversary Edition)

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Overview

"If you’ve never read it, read it now." —Arianna Huffington, O, The Oprah Magazine

Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely do justice to the pioneering vision and lasting impact of The Feminine Mystique. Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the problem that has no name”: the insidious beliefs and institutions that undermined women’s confidence in their intellectual capabilities and kept them in the home. Writing in a time when the average woman first married in her teens and 60 percent of women students dropped out of college to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted ambitions of a generation and showed women how they could reclaim their lives. Part social chronicle, part manifesto, The Feminine Mystique is filled with fascinating anecdotes and interviews as well as insights that continue to inspire. This 50th–anniversary edition features an afterword by best-selling author Anna Quindlen as well as a new introduction by Gail Collins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393346787
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Edition description: 50th Anniversary Edition
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 6,260
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Betty Friedan (1921–2006), a transformational leader of the women’s movement, founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) and authored many works, including The Second Stage, The Fountain of Age, and Life So Far.

Gail Collins, the best-selling author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present, is a national columnist for the New York Times. She lives in New York City.

Anna Quindlen is an award-winning columnist and novelist. She left journalism in 1995 to write fiction full time and has published three bestsellers. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction Gail Collins xi

Preface and Acknowledgments xxi

1 The Problem That Has No Name 1

2 The Happy Housewife Heroine 23

3 The Crisis in Woman's Identity 67

4 The Passionate Journey 81

5 The Sexual Solipsism of Sigmund Freud 110

6 The Functional Freeze, the Feminine Protest, and Margaret Mead 139

7 The Sex-Directed Educators 171

8 The Mistaken Choice 212

9 The Sexual Sell 242

10 Housewifery Expands to Fill the Time Available 277

11 The Sex-Seekers 306

12 Progressive Dehumanization: The Comfortable Concentration Camp 337

13 The Forfeited Self 373

14 A New Life Plan for Women 407

Epilogue 457

Afterword Anna Quindlen 477

Thinking Back and to the Future 483

Metamorphosis: Two Generations Later 485

Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Edition 511

Notes 517

Index 543

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