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The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
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Dec 23, 2007

it was amazing
Recommended for: people who believe mainstream ideologies.
Read in January, 2008

If this book was written today I would say it was repetitive…. Not for those who can't stand research papers. However, Betty Friedan's take on the "problem with no name" was exactly what American society needed in the 1960s. Her approach was perfect for American housewives to understand that self-actualization is not just for men…it’s the purpose of human growth and the growth of society.

Most importantly, this book shows that mainstream thoughts are not necessarily accurate and can be manipulated in such ways that a person can believe “crap”. It also expresses the power of all mediums, such as fictional magazine stories… proof that one should analyze everything! (Communication majors could have a blast with that aspect of the book.)

The chapter on “sex-directed educators” proves that college should enforce critical thinking, not memorization. Students should question every research data “fact” that professors state as truth.

Moral of the story: Imagine how social “truths” today will be proven wrong tomorrow.
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message 1: by Jay (new)

Jay your take on frieden sounds almost intelligent. what happened 2 u?
yes, read atonement. it's a fabulous book.

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