By Betty Friedan

Contributor note: Anna Quindlen (Afterword), Gail Collins (Introduction)
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Landmark, groundbreaking, classic—these adjectives slightly do justice to the pioneering imaginative and prescient and lasting impression of The female Mystique.

Published in 1963, it gave a pitch-perfect description of “the challenge that has no name”: the insidious ideals and associations that undermined women’s self belief of their highbrow functions and stored them in the house. Writing in a time whilst the common girl first married in her youth and 60 percentage of girls scholars dropped out of faculty to marry, Betty Friedan captured the frustrations and thwarted goals of a iteration and confirmed ladies how they can reclaim their lives.

Part social chronicle, half manifesto, The female Mystique is stuffed with interesting anecdotes and interviews in addition to insights that proceed to motivate. This 50th–anniversary variation beneficial properties an afterword by means of best-selling writer Anna Quindlen in addition to a brand new advent by means of Gail Collins.

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Despite her accolades, Anarkia doesn’t paint for fame: She paints for her community and to encourage women and girls to find their own voices. “As a citizen, I need to contribute in any way [I can] with my community,” she says. “The way that I find to make it is helping others and women to be free. com. Gabriella Brown is a writer and student living in Chicago. Your purchase of this digital edition makes it possible for us to thrive. fa l l . 56 bitch | 45 A NEW CREW OF RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS ARE CASHING IN ON THE SINGLE-BLACKWOMAN MEME 46 | bitch f e m i n i s t r e s p o n s e t o p o p c u lt u r e Bitch Media is a non-profit, independent media organization.

I feel the pressure to be pretty too, but for things to really change women need to stand together against the beauty machine. We have to take responsibility for the values we’re perpetuating. I don’t want to suggest that we all just internalize the issue and blame ourselves, because it’s also a cultural problem. I heard something recently about men and women who do online dating: When going on a date with someone they met online, the number-one fear that straight women have is going on a date with a serial killer.

When reading “Dear Sugar,” I feel like there are some very apparent feminist messages, like in column “No. 86: Tiny Revolutions,” which is very much about accepting your body. How much does feminism inform your work as Sugar? Feminism is who I am; it’s the lens from which I view the world. Everything in Sugar is feminist. ” Some columns are more explicitly feminist than others—“Tiny Revolutions” is one example. In it, I write about how feminism has completely failed on the beauty front. We’re still obsessed with our bodies, still obsessed with how our asses look in our jeans.

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