The Mystique, Fifty Years On…

Last week was the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of The Feminist Mystique. It’s a flawed book, but still, I think, an important one, maybe even more so now because so many people (men and women) in the younger generation seem to think that the privileges they enjoy have always been available them.

And wow, if that didn’t sound like a “back in the day I walked ten miles barefoot to school in the snow…” sort of sentence, yikes. My take on the mystique is here, in the Abu Dhabi newspaper.  I’d love to hear your comments, especially about that vexed word “feminist…”

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4 Responses to The Mystique, Fifty Years On…

  1. Christie February 26, 2013 at 6:06 am #

    I saw Betty F talk at U of C years ago. Her failure to account for class and socio economic differences was troubling but we had to start somewhere. Can’t believe it’s been 50 years.
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    • Deborah Quinn February 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      She started a (very loud) conversation that is still going on – forced people to recognize and name difference, forced people to forge alliances across and through those differences…out of the ‘burbs, a revolution. That is still, dammit, not over. Exhibit #738932894587: Seth McFarlane at the Oscars. gack.

  2. Alexandra February 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Tried clicking on the link, and I know it’s my computer: won’t connect BUT any chance of you re running it here during the week sometime? I’d love to read it.

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