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The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
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Jan 24, 10

Read in January, 2010

On Lists of Bests I found this was on a list calling it one of the most harmful books of the 19th and 20th centuries. WTF? I can only imagine the hubbub when this book came out, telling women they didn't have to listen to society, advertisers, or their own families to be women with the "feminine mystique", but could be well-educated, work outside the home, and their husbands and kids would be OK - and they would too.

Strange that the suggestion she makes at the end, to give "housewives" the same incentives as the GI bill gave to men in order for them to go back to study, was never taken up as far as I can see, but it makes sense to me.

Also strange that women still have a way to go - why don't all workplaces have daycare? This benefits both mom and dad.

Anyway, I'm glad I grew up in a time after this book came out, and was never expected by my family to inherit the "feminine mystique".

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