The Feminine Mystique

The Feminine Mystique

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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.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2013
Edition: 50th anniversary ed
ISBN: 9780393063790
Branch Call Number: 305.42 F912f 2013
Characteristics: xxv, 562 p. ; 25 cm


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Mar 03, 2018

While this book was written in 1963 it has held up well to time. The only out of date parts are sections that refer to Sigmund Freud. For example, Autism is blamed on a "distant mother." Science has disproved this. Overall, this book is a must read for men and women.

debwalker Oct 25, 2011

Too right.

Apr 19, 2011

The Feminine Mystique is still relevant and insightful in 2011. I highly recommend it.

Feb 01, 2011

I look at current advertisement differently now. However in the ad world I don't think a whole lot has changed. The Mr. Clean commercials still show a woman standing proudly over her clean kitchen floor.


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Apr 09, 2015

I had never read this and probably won't finish it because it is dated and focuses on women getting a job. Our issues have changed since the '60's. Now we are getting the jobs, but not always equal pay or opportunity. Good old boys still alive and well at least in the midwest.


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