Betty Friedan Women Essay

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Feminist writes Betty Friedan “No woman gets an orgasm from shining the kitchen floor.” “...women who 'adjust' as housewives, who grow up wanting to be 'just a housewife,' are in as much danger as the millions who walked to their own death in the concentration camps...they ate suffering a slow death of mind and spirit.” “When one begins to think about it, America depends rather heavily on women's passive dependence, their femininity. Femininity, if one still wants to call it that, makes American women a target and a victim of the sexual sell.” “Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Naomi Woolf “Most urgently, women's identity must be premised upon our "beauty" so that we will remain vulnerable to…show more content…
Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact.” “No matter what a woman's appearance may be, it will be used to undermine what she is saying and taken to individualize - as her personal problem - observations she makes about the beauty myth in society.” Susan Faludi “Asks that women be free to define themselves -- instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men.” “The 'feminine' woman is forever static and childlike. She is like the ballerina in an old-fashioned music box, her unchanging features tiny and girlish, her voice tinkly, her body stuck on a pin, rotating in a spiral that will never grow.” “One of the things I have found in reporting on this book is that men do not feel listened to, . That's part of their anger towards feminism; they feel like everybody else's agenda is more important than theirs.” “Divorced men are more likely to meet their car payments than their child support

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