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The Feminine Mystique | [Betty Friedan]

The Feminine Mystique

The book that changed the consciousness of a country - and the world. Landmark, groundbreaking, classic - these adjectives barely describe the earthshaking and long-lasting effects of Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This is the book that defined "the problem that has no name," that launched the Second Wave of the feminist movement, and has been awakening women and men with its insights into social relations, which still remain fresh, ever since.
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Publisher's Summary

First published in 1963, The Feminine Mystique ignited a revolution that profoundly changed our culture, our consciousness, and our lives. Today it newly penetrates to the heart of issues determining our lives — and sounds a call to arms against the very real dangers of a new feminine mystique. The underlying issues raised by Betty Friedan strike at the core of the problems women still face at home and in the marketplace. As women continue to struggle for equality, to keep their hard-won gains, to find fulfillment in their careers, marriage, and family, The Feminine Mystique remains the seminal consciousness-raising work of our times.

As an added bonus, when you purchase our Audible Modern Vanguard production of Betty Friedan's book, you'll also get an exclusive Jim Atlas interview added to your library.

This production is part of our Audible Modern Vanguard line, a collection of important works from groundbreaking authors.

©2001 Betty Friedan; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"[The Feminine Mystique] now feels both revolutionary and utterly contemporary....Four decades later, millions of individual transformations later, there is still so much to learn from this book....Those who think of it as solely a feminist manifesto ought to revisit its pages to get a sense of the magnitude of the research and reporting Friedan undertook." (Anna Quindlen)
"One of those rare books we are endowed with only once in several decades." (Amitai Etzioni)

"If you want to understand what has happened to American women over the last half-century, their extraordinary journey from Doris Day to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and beyond, you have to start with this book." (Gail Collins, The New York Times Magazine)

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    Steffel 03-11-13
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    The monotonous and often mispronounced delivery by Parker Posey makes it extremely difficult to listen to this incredibly important book. Surely someone better could have been found.


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    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 02-20-13
    Rochelle Dunedin, New Zealand 02-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Get this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Feminine Mystique to be better than the print version?

    I don't read print versions, much prefer audiobooks.


    What other book might you compare The Feminine Mystique to and why?

    Perhaps this could compare to Rachel Carsons "Silent Spring". It sheds light on an interesting topic that is as relevant today as it was when the book was written. I don't think the author realised how "ground breaking" her book was at the time.

    Both of these books were ahead of their time & yet Betty Friedan really struck a chord with females - and males - of her time.


    Which character – as performed by Parker Posey – was your favorite?

    It's non-fiction, no characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few parts. When she starts getting a lot of "me too"s from women who are going nuts trying to do "housewife" while their brain is screaming at them to do something "real".


    Any additional comments?

    This is well worth the read. It's easy to listen to but she covers so many areas so well. It pre-dates the feminist movement so her work is uninfluenced by other writers of the genre but it fits so closely what we still experience these days. Even having got a degree, even a post graduate qualification females will often experience the difficulty of having a career (not just a "job") vs being a partner, mother & carer.

    What do you do? & Do you have children? Are the first 2 questions I'm often asked by strangers.

    This book just makes sense of so many things.

    Get it. You will enjoy it.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
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