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Betty Friedan and the Making of the Feminine Mystique: The American Left, the Cold War, and Modern Feminism (Culture, Politics, and the Cold War)

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Betty Friedan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique" is ... intelligently ambitious but so tendentious you want to throw it across the room. -- The New York Times Book Review, Judith Shulevitz

About the Author

Daniel Horowitz is Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies and director of the American studies program at Smith College. He is author of Vance Packard and American Social Criticism.

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  • Series: Culture, Politics, and the Cold War
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558491686
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558491687
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,387,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this very readable book, Daniel Horowitz examines Betty Friedan's political and intellectual origins and finds good reason to question the widely held understanding that The Feminine Mystique was written out of the perspective and consciousness of a typical surburban housewife.
Professor Horowitz explores the life and thought of the young Bettye Goldstein as an undergraduate at Smith, and then as a labor journalist in the early and mid 1940's, and reveals her origins as a committed social critic and advocate with labor-left origins.
Professor Horowitz treats his subject gently and with respect. Betty Friedan disagrees with Horowitz's analysis, and this tension adds to the fun.
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Would have been five stars but didn't get a chance to create the effect I wanted it to have. A friend of min's father was a SAC B-52 (BUFF) pilot during the Vietnam War and during his deployment his wife back here in the states went hard leftist. Divorced and got back together 5 times. Betty Friedan was a huge influence in turning the mother into a leftist.

The mother is now in her 80s and is supposed to be an intellectual. I left the book with my friend and she said she would give it to her mother ... both are supposed to be open minded. Turns out the book sits unopened and was never given to the mother.
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Daniel Horowitz is a professor of American Studies at Smith College. He has also written/edited books such as On the Cusp: The Yale College Class of 1960 and a World on the Verge of Change, The Anxieties of Affluence: Critiques of American Consumer Culture, 1939-1979, Jimmy Carter and the Energy Crisis of the 1970s: The "Crisis of Confidence" Speech of July 15, 1979, Consuming Pleasures: Intellectuals and Popular Culture in the Postwar World, American Social Classes in the 1950s: Selections from Vance Packard's The Status Seekers, etc.

He wrote in the Introduction to this 1998 book, “a labor journalist … In 1952 … wrote a pamphlet, ‘UE Fights for Women Workers’… The labor journalist was Betty Friedan. Yet in 1973 Friedan remarked that until she started writing The Feminine Mystique, ‘I wasn’t even conscious of the woman problem.
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