I picked up The Feminine Mystique for 10 pesos from a used bookstore in order to educate myself about this classic of feminist literature and to get a...moreI picked up The Feminine Mystique for 10 pesos from a used bookstore in order to educate myself about this classic of feminist literature and to get a sense of the historical context for which it was written.
I'm only 2 chapters into it, and despite its white-centric, middle class-centric viewpoint, the book is a compelling read for the way it highlights what a human life, male or female, ought to entail -- namely, the freedom to set whatever ends you want, and to be passionate about those ends, irrespective of gender expectations.
At this point, I find myself thinking often about how American society conspired to put Rosie the Riveter back in the home after WWII so that returning soldiers could maintain their manhood. It accomplished this by using women's magazines, TV programs, and other media that tried to convince educated women that they would be most fulfilled, by nature, by having babies, learning sex tricks to please their husbands, and keeping an orderly home. Instead of thanking women for doing their patriotic duty while the men were away, society used mind games in order to get women to retreat back to the home and stay there.(less)