By Stephanie Coontz

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a typhoon of controversy along with her bestselling e-book, The female Mystique. 1000s of girls wrote to her to assert that the publication had remodeled, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless bear in mind the place they have been once they first learn it.

In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Nineteen Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly started, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married girls have been informed to stick domestic, and husbands managed nearly each point of relatives existence.

Based on exhaustive examine and interviews, and difficult either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of girls got here to gain that their dissatisfaction with household existence didn't replicate their own weak spot yet fairly a social and political injustice.

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God ordains our sufferings that we may love what we most desire . . ”38 The difference in tone between that earliest Genesis interpretation and this one from John of the Cross is striking and instructive. For John of the Cross, the seeming threat of divine punishment is dissolved in love; moreover, he can pronounce this message of hope to a woman directee precisely through his insistence that any suffering herewith is merely for her ultimate flourishing through the redirection and purification of desire in God.

Our perception of the exile of Christianity depends upon a confusion about disestablishment but also about sex. If anything was supposed to prove our freedom from dead churches and their ridiculous theologies, it was our orgasmic enlightenment, our sexual revolution. Triumph over Christendom has been a tenet in sexual politics—and, not least, in strategies of American queer activism from the late 1960s on. ” Yet we Americans now see—if we ever could ignore—that sexual “liberation” did not silence the discourses of a oncedominant Christianity or quell its political outbreaks.

451 (see n. 23): “By the merit of Isaac who offered himself upon the altar, the Holy One (blessed be He) will in the future resurrect the dead, as it is written: ‘[For he looks down from His holy height; the Lord beholds the earth from heaven] to hear the groans of the prisoner, [to release those condemned to death]’ [Ps. ” 35. See R. W. L. Moberly, “The Earliest Commentary on the Akedah,” Vetus Testamentum 38 (1988): 302–23, which analyzes this interpolation as a first attempt to make Abraham’s obedience foundational to Israel and somewhat parallel to Moses’s significance.

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