- Hardcover: 430 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co.; 10th edition (1 April 1974)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393086852
- ISBN-13: 978-0393086850
- Package Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,015,059 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Friedan Feminine Mystique Revised Hardcover – 1 Apr 1974
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The book that pulled the trigger on history. --Alvin Toffler, author of "Future Shock" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Credited with creating the second wave of feminism, Betty Friedan was an activist and writer. She co-founded in the National Organization for Women in 1970. She died in 2006. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The book seeks to examine the effects the trend had on the mental and physical health of women confined to the home and living vicarious lives through their husbands and children. Many became pale shadows of their former selves and resorted to drink or affairs with anyone and everyone. Research carried out at the time showed that women had fewer mental health problems if they had some outlet or interest of their own which took them away from their domestic environment. Some were in such a poor state mentally that they ended up being treated for depression as well as many minor ailments which may or may not have been psychosomatic. Obstetricians noticed that women who had their own careers and interests outside the home had far fewer physical and mental problems with childbirth than did women who were housewives and mothers with no other interest.
The author suggests that it is extremely bad mentally and physically to live the whole of your life through and for others and cites compelling research to back up her thesis. These women in many cases ended up resenting their families for curtailing their prospects.Read more ›
It is a testament to its many 'truths' that it still commands respect and attention 40 years on, and the many descriptions of how the 1950s/1960s left women feeling isolated and powerless, plus the many changes that show they have a path out of domesticity, are the things that I still value most about this text.
However, time has shown up some of the books faults. For me, the most glaring - and the one that reveals how a political view can incline a writer to fit data to a hypothesis, rather than the other way around, is the poor discussion of spending power and adverstising.
Friedan reports that 75% of money earned is spent by women, and tries to turn this on its head to claim that they are still 'victims' because advertisers pay so much attention to manipulating them. This is a bit like saying that if men had 3 votes to women's 1, that men would be 'victims' because politicians were more interesting in winning men's votes. Women have spending power in our society and this gives them not only a lot of economic power but collective control over much of the media (who must not offend women to retain adverstising revenues).
A brilliant book, but not faultless. For a similarly sympathetic book from men's perspective try to get your hands on a copy of "Why Men Are The Way They Are", by Warren Farrell.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An essential feminist text. As readable and relevant now as it was 50 years ago. Highly recommended.Published 9 months ago by Katie
I heard about the book for a long time. Now I have it and enjoy it throroughly. Some opinions are out-dated, but, still, a must for all women.Published 20 months ago by sarevilon
Bought to educate my parents who had never heard of this book, absolutely love it.Published 23 months ago by Bee Cullen