Daniel Horowitz's Betty Friedan: And the Making of the Feminine Mystique :The PDF

By Daniel Horowitz

ISBN-10: 0585142106

ISBN-13: 9780585142104

ISBN-10: 1558491686

ISBN-13: 9781558491687

Drawing on a powerful physique of latest learn - together with Friedan's personal papers - Horowitz strains the advance of Friedan's feminist outlook from her youth in Peoria, Illinois, via her wartime years at Smith collage and Berkeley, to her decade-long occupation as a author for 2 of the period's such a lot radical exertions journals, the Federated Press and the United electric staff' UE information. He extra indicates that even after she married and started to elevate a family members, Friedan persevered throughout the Nineteen Fifties to write down and paintings on behalf of quite a lot of innovative social factors. by way of resituating Friedan inside a broader cultural context, and by way of providing a clean studying of the female Mystique opposed to that heritage, Horowitz not just overturns traditional principles approximately "second-wave" feminism but in addition unearths lengthy submerged hyperlinks to its previous.

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Then, during dinner, Blitzer asked Friedan what she had done between her arrival at Smith and the publication of The Feminine Mystique. What Friedan said in response was a little more revealingespecially about her years at Smiththan what she usually told reporters. After dinner, the people from the next tableGertrude Himmelfarb, Irving Kristol, Seymour Martin Lipset, and Sydnee Lipsetcame over and engaged Friedan and Blitzer in cordial chat. That moment impressed upon me the importance of thinking of Friedan not only in the context of American feminism; I also became interested in comparing her writings with those of neo-conservative New York intellectuals to examine how postwar writers grappled with moral and political issues.

Then, during dinner, Blitzer asked Friedan what she had done between her arrival at Smith and the publication of The Feminine Mystique. What Friedan said in response was a little more revealingespecially about her years at Smiththan what she usually told reporters. After dinner, the people from the next tableGertrude Himmelfarb, Irving Kristol, Seymour Martin Lipset, and Sydnee Lipsetcame over and engaged Friedan and Blitzer in cordial chat. That moment impressed upon me the importance of thinking of Friedan not only in the context of American feminism; I also became interested in comparing her writings with those of neo-conservative New York intellectuals to examine how postwar writers grappled with moral and political issues.

Others, like Lerner and Flexner, displayed considerable continuity in their commitments when, in the late 1950s and early 1960s, they paid attention, as Friedan did not in The Feminine Mystique, to working-class and African American women. A news item in the spring of 1996 reminded me of what might be at stake in demonstrating the connection between 1940s radicalism, Jews, and 1960s feminism. " Most of the books focused on "socialism, communism, and Marxism. '' But I realized that if historians worried excessively about how others could use their scholarship, they would never publish anything controversial.

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