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wm pasz
Post Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 5:01 pm

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Betty Friedan, whose 1963 book The Feminine Mystique provided the spark that launched the women's movement, passed away yesterday.

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SharynS
Post Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:27 pm

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I really had no idea this woman existed, pardon me. For the most part the "women's movement" offended me. Don't get me wrong, there's plenty of awesome things that came out of it and I'm certainly not knocking the efforts of the thousands of women who work'd to get it done, in whatever capacity - including my mom.

I could never quite get my head around some the reasonings and the token programs doled out by the system to quell the masses seem'd at times to further entrench the inequities. For example how the hell is childcare a women's issue? Or rape?

Anyways, for sure this lady deserves our respect for moving it forward.

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wm pasz
Post Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 6:36 pm

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I read her book The Feminine Mystique as a teenager in the 1970's. It made a shitdisturber out of me. It helped me understand why I felt like such a misfit and got me thinking about how social norms keep us locked up inside narrowly-defined "roles" and prevent us from tapping our full potential as humans. I got it in my head that I wanted to do something like this and I've never been able to shake the feeling.

This book is well worth the read, even today although so much has changed in relation to women's rights and our, it can provide some valuable insight into how to spark revolutions. There was something in Friedan's words - the way that she described "the problem" - the enabled her to connect with millions of women. I have sometimes thought that her method may hold the key to the revolution that we want to spark among working people. Read this excerpt and substitute "workers" in place of "women". Doesn't that describe how a lot of us feel?

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"Gradually, without seeing it clearly for quite a while, I came to realize that something is very wrong with the way American women are trying to live their lives today," Ms. Friedan wrote in the opening line of the preface. "I sensed it first as a question mark in my own life, as a wife and mother of three small children, half-guiltily, and therefore half-heartedly, almost in spite of myself, using my abilities and education in work that took me away from home." - Excerpt From 'The Feminine Mystique'

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SharynS
Post Posted: Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:03 pm

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Books in small town prairie would have been great. By the time I'd learned there were books about things other than the american revolution, I was already, unbeknownst to me, half-guiltily and heartedly commited. No regrets just one hell of a lot of catch-up.

Another must read.

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