The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

The Feminine Mystique

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 pe...


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TitleThe Feminine Mystique
ISBN9780393346787
Author
Release DateSep 3rd, 2013
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, Classics, History, Womens
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Reviews The Feminine Mystique

  • El
    1970-01-01
    Ladies, the next time you decide you don't want to cook dinner that night, that you'd rather read a book instead... I want you to give a little fist-bump to the heavens in honor of Betty Friedan. It's because of her that you even have that opportunity to make that choice.Let's clear something up right now - The Feminine Mystique is not a text on how to become a man-hating, radical, hairy-armpitted lesbian. If that's what you think this is about, ...
  • Jennie
    1970-01-01
    i don't think i've ever seen the word "beatnikery" in print before..... i think the reason to read this book is to gain an understanding of feminism in the mid-century Zietgiest. It gave me some things to think about, despite being hopelessly outdated and terribly repetitive. i was particularly intrigued by the idea that manufacturers would want to keep women bored and at home in order to sell them more consumer goods. As a full-time "career woma...
  • Lisa
    1970-01-01
    What struck me the most when I read this as a teenager (and this was the first of its genre I read) was how, in excruciatingly familiar detail, it described my mother. God rest her soul, I didn't appreciate it at the time and it didn't make me any less of a brat. Her life had been a life typical of many women that entered the workforce during WWII. Instead of marrying when the war ended, she stayed on and attained a position of prominence for a w...
  • Amirsaman
    1970-01-01
    📖 #پیشنهادکتاب۱. خانم بتی فریدان در دههی شصت آمریکا متوجه چیزی شده بود. همهی جهان دوست دارند مثل زنان آمریکایی باشند، در خانههای ویلایی قشنگ و زیرپا اتومبیل شیک و لباسها و ریخت و پاشهای زیاد. ولی چرا این زن آمریکایی خوشحال نیست؟ خانم فریدان میگوید آ...
  • Terry
    1970-01-01
    Reading this book is bittersweet for me. Every sentence, every paragraph, every chapter, I'm cheering Friedan on. At first, I kept thinking, "If only I'd read this when I was a teenager in the early 1970s, it would have saved me a lot of grief--the years I spent looking for men to save me, to give me an identity. If I'd read it back then, maybe I would have recognized the wretched inequalities in my world." The book so clearly depicts the ideals ...
  • Terri Lynn
    1970-01-01
    I was born in 1959 and when this came out originally in 1963, I was 4 years old. I went to school in Atlanta in the 1960's and 1970's. When I was in elementary school- grades 1-7- from fall of 1965 to June of 1972, I was struck by the differences between other women and my mother. For example, every single one of the other moms of the kids in my classes from 1st to 7th grade were housewives. While those moms cooked, cleaned, raised kids, gossiped...
  • Mariℓina
    1970-01-01
    The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan is an iconic book that relentlessly changed the way the American woman saw herself, until its first publication in 1963. Feministic in a good way, without the morbid extravaganza other reads of that type hold, it's relevant even now and if you don't choose to believe so, at least you can appreciate it as a historical document. In my opinion the above statement holds more truth than any other quote about gend...
  • Roslyn
    1970-01-01
    I am very grateful for all the things Betty Friedan did so that I was raised in a less sexist world. That being said, this book was pretty bad for two main reasons. First, Friedan writes emotionally rather than rationally. She does not appeal to my rational brain but rather attempts to manipulate me emotionally by painting a very dramatic portrait that pins Every Problem Ever on women staying home with the kids. Friedan has to resort to this styl...
  • Jeanette
    1970-01-01
    Have you ever read one of Richard Yates's novels such as Revolutionary Road and said "Gaaaawwwwwd, he's a great writer, but why'd he have to make it so depressing?"? The Feminine Mystique will show you that he was accurately portraying the despair and feeling of entrapment many married women were experiencing in post-WWII America. 4.5 stars Hard to rate because it's often needlessly wordy and overlong in general, but her extensive research and gr...
  • Bloodorange
    1970-01-01
    I read excerpts from The Feminine Mystique at university, and have wanted to read entire book for a few years now. While this book is still important and highlights the ways in which sociology, higher ed, economy - hell, even architecture - betrayed women, for every positive post-it note I found something problematic I would love to see addressed in a footnote or the foreword, which will probably never happen in my lifetime. Sorry for focusing on...
  • Mary
    1970-01-01
    I had a demeaning encounter with Ms Friedan on the topic of celebrating 30 years of the Feminist Movement. As a Homemaker-Mom, she chastised me for aiming to put the women's movement back 30 years. Wasting my education, becoming overly invested in my children, she tried her best to shame me into compliance. Never one to comply ... I left her royal presence shaking my head. What an angry woman!Every woman in my generation heard the battle cry & re...
  • Thomas
    1970-01-01
    Such a revolutionary work for its age. I feel thankful that Betty Friedan had the guts to publish this feminist manifesto and give voice to the dissatisfaction of so many women around her. Keep in mind The Feminine Mystique's publication date: now, it may seem obvious that women are so much more than placid housewives and subservient sex objects, but back in early twentieth century America, they still faced blatant sexism masked under messages ab...
  • carolime
    1970-01-01
    required reading for feminists, i've been told. for me, it was helpful to read this in light of my recent life changes-- i think that the past failures of society towards women should be a learning opportunity for me. that said, it is important to note that the book was written in 1963 and the "women" it seeks to represent are mostly white, mid- to upper-class, living in prosperous cities and suburbs in the northeast. it isn't an exhaustive catal...
  • Moxie
    1970-01-01
    I picked up this book on a whim because its one of those books that we all know played an important part in the women's movement. But, having grown up a generation after the women's movement began, I always sort of felt like there wouldn't be a whole lot in there that I didn't already know or hadn't already heard. I have to say, though, I learned quite a bit.It is a dense book with very long chapters and therefore is not a quick read. And althoug...
  • Dennis
    1970-01-01
    I suppose that if I owned a bra, now I would burn it? Truth be told, the tone and even the message of this book were unexpectedly a tad bit tamer than I had presumed. That is, in building the bandwagon to rescue hordes of imagined "captive wives" still enthralled by that evil "mystique" that cannot be named, and its resultant suburban housewifery, Betty Friedan does not throw men and marriage under the bus, at least not directly.The main idea her...
  • Hajir Almahdi
    1970-01-01
    من انتِ؟ انا زوجة أحمد، أم فاطمة ... اوكي لكن من انتِ؟ احجية الانوثة The Feminine Mystique، للكاتبة بيتِي فريدان يعتبر كتاب مهم و أيقوني ومن اكثر الكتب تأثيرًا ويعتبر شكل الموجة الثانية للحركة النسائية في مطلع الستينات في الولايات المتحدة الامريكية، ومن الك...
  • Lobstergirl
    1970-01-01
    Carrie Underwood is a chart-topping superstar, but she'd give it all up for her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher."If Mike ever told me he needed me to quit, I'd quit," Underwood told People magazine Wednesday. "When you make that promise to somebody, and you stand before God and your family and friends, you've got to do everything that you possibly can to make that work."Underwood also revealed that Fisher's fit body inspires her to keep in sha...
  • Cat Tobin
    1970-01-01
    It terrifies me how relevant this book still is to my life today, and how much of my mother - and to some extent, myself - I see in the women Friedan is addressing. Dealing predominantly with a mystery malaise impacting American housewives in the 1950s, The Feminine Mystique is a call to action; a reminder that equality doesn't end with winning the votes, it ends with both sexes being equally encouraged, and empowered, to fully realise their pote...
  • Adrianne Mathiowetz
    1970-01-01
    Some context: I have always considered myself a feminist, from the first time I heard the word around age 10. In junior high I became a loyal subscriber of "New Moon" and vehement despiser of "Teen," and after my parents went to bed I'd sneak into online chat rooms to assume the identity of a 27 year old veteran named Roger who was staunchly anti-war and pro-choice. (Turned out people were much more willing to engage with him than a 14 year old g...
  • Nicholas During
    1970-01-01
    What a powerful book, and I think not very out-of-date. Betty Friedan does some studies of women, university graduates, and discovers that in the 50s and early 60s women were dropping out of school, getting married younger than any time before, and dleaving the workplace to be housewife at a higher rate than previously was occurring. Why, she asks, is this happening in a time when the feminist movement was meant to have won some serious gains. Th...
  • Brenda
    1970-01-01
    The following quote sums up much of what I took away from the book: "Self-esteem in woman, as well as in man, can only be based on real capacity, competence, and achievement; on deserved respect from others rather than unwarranted adulation....if (that) occupation does not demand, or permit, realization of woman's full abilities, it cannot provide self-esteem, much less pave the way to a higher level of self-realization."This is a book that, whil...
  • Cassy
    1970-01-01
    Awful. Just awful. The moment you compare the lives of American middle class housewives to concentration camp inhabitants. I'm out.
  • Dana
    1970-01-01
    Review time. Disclaimer. Had this books been written within the last 20 years I would have given it 1 star. But it's not. It was written almost 50 years ago. Is this book an important read for a feminist? Yes. Hell yes. Why? 1- This book is relevant. The book discussed a problem that plagues women (granted a specific woman of a certain ethnicity, income, level of education and social status) when they abandon all pursuits and take on occupation: ...
  • Elizabeth
    1970-01-01
    So Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique is to feminism as Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring is to environmentalism: works that defined a movement and changed the world so profoundly that the worlds described within them seem alien to my modern eyes.Some things, of course, haven’t changed: the feminine mystique (that is, societal pressure to be “feminine”) is alive and well: girls experience more pressure to be pretty than to be smart, ther...
  • Kats
    1970-01-01
    Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique is widely considered a modern classic and seen as the seminal, ground-breaking work which supposedly single-handedly started the second wave of feminism back in the 1960s. I kept seeing Betty Draper in virtually every chapter of the book and wondered if the character in Mad Men was actually named after Betty Friedan as some kind of twisted joke. Whilst many people in my book club didn't manage to read the who...
  • Elaine
    1970-01-01
    That's my mother.The difference between then and now? Pizza Bagels.
  • Judy
    1970-01-01
    Getting through his iconic feminist text took work but I am so glad I read it. The work of reading it took different forms.Hardest to read were the passages where she cited primary sources such as Freudian psychiatry, sociology, magazine writing, and the advertising of the times. Only when I reached the end of the book did I appreciate the meticulous way in which she built her thesis. It made for a good many pages of fairly dry reading.I conclude...
  • Margaret Robbins
    1970-01-01
    I am super happy that I read this book. I can understand why it has gotten some criticism, and a book of this nature written in the present day would have to better address intersectionality. There would need to be more attention paid to the issues of women of color, poor women, immigrant women, LGBT women, etc. That said, as a feminist scholar, I'm glad I read this book. I think it was an important book for the time it was written, and it was br...
  • Mimansa
    1970-01-01
    It's been 3 days since I finished reading the book, and yet the arguments that it strives to make and the direction it takes is haunting me still. "Occupation: Housewife"- how rightly has the problem with no name brought out by Betty Friedan. The book takes into account the socio-psychological parameters to comprehend the problems that plagued the American woman living in suburbs in post-war period. But while reading it, I found myself comparing ...