The Feminine Mystique at 50 February 21 – March 5, 2013

FEBRUARY 21 – MARCH 5: AN EXHIBITION COMMEMORATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE | FEBRUARY 22-23: SYMPOSIUM

THE EXHIBITION | February 21 to March 5

REACT: The Feminine Mystique at 50 |  This anniversary exhibition of Betty Friedan’s groundbreaking text extracts examples from the book to be used as the basis for student response. The … Continue reading

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THE SYMPOSIUM | February 22 – 23

TO REGISTER, PLEASE RSVP THROUGH EVENT BRITE. CLICK HERE. OVERFLOW ROOMS WILL BE AVAILABLE SATURDAY. LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE FOR SATURDAY: http://new.livestream.com/TheNewSchool/feminine-mystique Friday and Saturday will be filmed and archived; available … Continue reading

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“The problem that has no name”

“The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the … Continue reading

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Conditioning through consumption

“Girls started going steady at twelve and thirteen, in junior high.  Manufacturers put out brassieres with false bosoms of foam rubber for littler girls of ten.  And an advertisement for a child’s dress, sizes 3-6x, … Continue reading

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Free to choose automobiles, clothes, appliances, supermarkets

“The American housewife – freed by science and labor-saving appliances from the drudgery, the dangers of childbirth and the illnesses of her grandmother. She was healthy, beautiful, educated, concerned only … Continue reading

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Give up the world and go back home?

“This was America. The whole world lies open to American women. Why, then, does the image deny the world? Why does it limit women to ‘one passion, one role, one … Continue reading

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Housewife happiness through consumption

“The only way that the young housewife was supposed to express herself, and not feel guilty about it, was in buying products for the home and family.”  (NB 222)

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Home as a concentration camp

“The comfortable concentration camp that American women have walked into, or have been called into by others, is just such a reality, a frame of reference that denies women’s adult … Continue reading

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Women to fit the clothes

“Department-store buyers reported that American women, since 1939, had become three and four sizes smaller. ‘Women are out to fit the clothes, instead of vice-versa,’ one buyer said.’” (60)

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Feminine Identity through sexual satisfaction

“Even though they find no satisfaction in sex, these women continue their endless search. For the woman who lives according to the feminine mystique, there is no road to achievement, … Continue reading

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Women and Sigmund Freud

“The lasting American image of the ’emancipated woman’ is the flapper of the twenties: burden-some hair shingled off, knees bared, flaunting her new freedom to live in a studio in … Continue reading

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Countdown to 50th anniversary of The Feminine Mystique

The Big DayFebruary 22nd, 2013
Happy 50th!
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