Monday, February 06, 2006

Epitaph for Betty Friedan

In age, if not in spirit, I am situated pretty firmly in U.S. feminism’s “third wave.” As such, I’ve never heard many good things said, nor had much good to say, about Betty Friedan. Yes, I’ve read The Feminine Mystique, but it didn’t do much for me. As a college woman without any prospects of marriage and children, or impetus to marry or have kids, it never resonated. It seemed dated, part of a prosaic past, an artifact from a battle already fought. Add that to the rightful criticisms of Friedan’s classism, racism, and heterosexism, and she never presented much of a role model.


However, none of that changes the fact that Betty Friedan was a great feminist. She had the nerve to speak out about something that plagued millions of women and yet went largely undiscussed, and she had the talent to speak out about it in such a way as to get millions of women to listen. While it is true that The Feminine Mystique ignored or did injustice to large groups of women, it is also true that the group of women for whom it did (and does) resonate need and deserve a voice as clear and strong as Friedan’s.

In honor of this great feminist’s death this weekend, I am going to read The Feminine Mystique again. As I think back to the time in my life when I first read it, I think perhaps my not getting much from it was as much my fault as Betty’s. Because the truth of the matter is that as justified as criticisms of Friedan’s myopia are, the problem that has no name still exists, and exists now in ways that she may not have even expected. Whether or not it is my personal battle (and at this point, it’s not) has very little to do with the value to me, as a feminist, of fighting it. Just as much as any of my stay-at-home sisters, I am indebted to Friedan’s work and to her spirit, and even though I may be the last woman or earth to get it, I intend to give her work the second chance it deserves.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Bitch | Lab said...

Why is it your fault?

Friedan makes pretty clearin that book that she only cares about educated women and that she thinks any job that doesn't use one's education isn't really worthy enough to do.

How can this be what feminists want?

She even advises at the end that women hire maids and nannies so they can stretch their minds. It was the narrow-minded view of the world that was typical of her world back then, as it was typical for the founders to be slave-owning racists.

Give her a chance. But criticisms of her work are warranted and worthy.

Finally, she didn't make a movement. There were women engaged in activism from the 1920s on. They kept plugging away. Betty participated in it and was nurtured by it: the labor movement and the women struggling within that movement. She points out, rather obliquely, in the preface to the 10th anniversay edition that she's indebted to this involvement.

Why can't we thank those invisible women -- invisible people erased from the feminist canon?

why reproduce the same hierarchical cannon that men built to excuse us and call it feminist?

11:14 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

I don't disagree. But since Bettty's the one who just died, Betty's the one I was focusing on when I wrote that.

7:44 PM  
Blogger sexy said...

情趣用品,情色,成人,A片,自拍,情趣用品,色情,成人影片,色情影片,免費A片

情趣用品,成人網站,A片下載,日本AV,做愛,情趣用品,美女交友,A片,辣妹視訊,情色視訊

情趣用品,色情聊天室,聊天室,AV,成人電影

A片,aio,av女優,av,av片,aio交友愛情館,ut聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室,色情聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080聊天室,視訊聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,上班族聊天室,成人聊天室,中部人聊天室,一夜情聊天室,情色聊天室,情色視訊,美女視訊,辣妹視訊,視訊交友網,免費視訊聊天,視訊,免費視訊,美女交友,成人交友,聊天室交友,微風論壇,微風成人,sex,成人,情色,情色貼圖,色情,微風,聊天室尋夢園,交友,視訊交友,視訊聊天,視訊辣妹,一夜情

情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣

情趣用品,A片,AIO,AV,AV女優,A漫,免費A片,日本AV,寄情築園小遊戲,情色貼圖,色情小說,情色文學,色情,色情遊戲,一葉情貼圖片區,色情網站,色情影片,微風成人, 嘟嘟成人網,成人,成人貼圖,18成人,成人影城,成人圖片,成人影片,UT聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,080視訊聊天室,視訊聊天室

情色,A片,AIO,AV,日本AV,色情A片,AV女優,A漫,免費A片,A片下載,情色A片,哈啦聊天室,UT聊天室,聊天室,豆豆聊天室,色情聊天室,尋夢園聊天室,080視訊聊天室,080聊天室,080苗栗人聊天室,免費視訊聊天,上班族聊天室,080中部人聊天室,視訊聊天室,視訊聊天,成人聊天室,一夜情聊天室,辣妹視訊,情色視訊,成人,成人影片,成人光碟,成人影城,自拍

情趣用品,情趣用品,情趣,情趣,情趣用品,情趣用品,A片,A片,情色,情色

情趣用品,A片,aio,av,av女優,a漫,免費a片,aio交友愛情館,a片免費看,a片下載,本土自拍,自拍,愛情公寓,情色,情色貼圖,色情小說,情色文學,色情,寄情築園小遊戲,色情遊戲,嘟嘟情人色網,一葉情貼圖片區,色情影片,情色網,色情網站,微風成人,嘟嘟成人網,成人,18成人,成人影城,成人圖片,成人貼圖,成人圖片區,成人小說,成人電影

6:07 AM  

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home