The Feminine Mystique

Friedan, Betty

Book - 2001
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Feminine Mystique
Baker & Taylor
Released for the first time in paperback, this landmark social and political volume on feminism is credited with being responsible for raising awareness, liberating both sexes, and triggering major advances in the feminist movement. Reprint.

Norton Pub
Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since. A national bestseller, with over 1 million copies sold.
The book that changed the consciousness of a country—and the world.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2001
ISBN: 0393322572
Branch Call Number: 305.4209 F
Characteristics: 587 p. ; 21 cm.


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Dec 19, 2014
  • redban rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The fact that someone tagged this book as "progressive propaganda" is pitiful.

I appreciate Friedan bringing up how sexism can be used to distract the working class from class conflict, that shows some depth. Divide-and-conquer to destroy labor solidarity, it takes many other forms such as racism, xenophobia towards immigrants/scab workers, etc. Also impressive are the details on the relationship between corporate profit, consumerism, and the Feminine image.

I do wish Friedan and authors like her would be more careful with their economics/politics though. Hillary Clinton is spoken of in a positive light in this book, and while she has accomplished power as a woman she still plays a role as a puppet for the big banks and corporations that finance her, thus being very much anti-consumer protection, anti-union, anti-working class, anti-democracy, anti-progress. A woman participating in corruption is not a win for feminism.

Friedan has already pointed out how consumerism and class conflict affects feminism, she just needs to connect all the dots.

Aug 04, 2014

reading this along with my 17 year old little sister. shocking how much is still relevant today. and helpful to counter the arguments of some younger women who just don't get how far we've come.

Oct 25, 2011

Too right.

Apr 19, 2011
  • scrittenden rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Feminine Mystique is still relevant and insightful in 2011. I highly recommend it.

Feb 01, 2011
  • Ag2009 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I look at current advertisement differently now. However in the ad world I don't think a whole lot has changed. The Mr. Clean commercials still show a woman standing proudly over her clean kitchen floor.


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