“If you’ve never read it, read it now.”Arianna Huffington, O, The Oprah Magazine
Landmark, groundbreaking, classicthese 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Edition description:||50th Anniversary Edition|
|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
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
Afterword Anna Quindlen 477
Thinking Back and to the Future 483
Metamorphosis: Two Generations Later 485
Introduction to the Tenth Anniversary Edition 511
What People are Saying About This
One of those rare books we are endowed wIth only once in several decades, a volume that launched a major social movement....Betty Friedan is a liberator of women and men.
(Amitai Etzioni, author of The Spirit of Community: The Reinvention of American Society)
The book that puled the trigger on history.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
How well I remember my mother reading this when it first came out in the mid 1960s. I read it a few years later when all the guys were preaching for free love, but that's all they did! They preached! But still wanted all of us girls to do the work! I have no money or help for collage but there was a library and since I lived in Boston used to sneak into collage classes. I never got a degree but I did get Smart. Here I am over 40 yrs later and still reading thank God! But at least things have improved. Now if we could get rid of men like Bill Cosby and Bill O'Riley