A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique & American Women by Stephanie Coontz

By Stephanie Coontz

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy together with her bestselling e-book, The female Mystique. countless numbers of girls wrote to her to claim that the ebook had remodeled, even kept, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless bear in mind the place they have been once they first learn it.

In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly began, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married ladies have been informed to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each element of relations lifestyles.

Based on exhaustive examine and interviews, and not easy either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a new release of ladies got here to gain that their dissatisfaction with household existence didn't replicate their own weak point yet relatively a social and political injustice.

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Part of this intervention entails black intellectual participation in the discourse. ” He cannot see this group as potential produc­ ers of radical postmodernist thought. While I generally agree with this assessment, black intellectuals must proceed with the understanding that we are not condemned to the margins. The way we work and what we do can determine whether or not what we produce will be meaningful to a wider audience, one that includes all classes of black people. ” This statement bears traces of essentialism.

It perhaps takes less heart to pick up the gun than to face the task of creating a new identity, a self, perhaps an androgynous self, via commitment to the struggle. Unfortunately the 1960s conflict over the issue of gender roles was not fruitfully debated and resolved. Collectively, black women and men did not begin to move in a direction challenging sexist norms. Contemporary feminist movement has not yet had revolutionary impact on black political thinking. Politically, black men continue to assume dominant leadership roles, rarely if ever paying lip service to the need for a change in thinking about gender.

That line “they had behaved as if there had been nothing about themselves worth honoring,” echoes in my dreams. She could have been writing about us back then when we let our schools go, when no one talked about what we would be losing, when we did not make ways to hold on. With no shame, I confess to bearing a deep nostalgia for that time, for that moment when I first stood before an audience o f hun­ dreds of my people in the gymnasium of Crispus Attucks and gave my CHITLIN CIRCUIT 35 first public presentation.

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