Betty Friedan, whose manifesto "The Feminine Mystique" became a best seller in the 1960s and laid the groundwork for the modern feminist movement, died Saturday, her birthday. She was 85.Okay Betty, now that you've seen the other side, what have you got to say for yourself? How about your theories of existance?
Friedan's assertion in her 1963 best seller that having a husband and babies was not everything and that women should aspire to separate identities as individuals, was highly unusual, if not revolutionary, just after the baby and suburban booms of the Eisenhower era.This is the kind of thinking which comes from a pride-filled, secularist-humanistic worldview which lacks a sovereign and gracious deity.
The feminine mystique, she said, was a phony bill of goods society sold to women that left them unfulfilled, suffering from "the problem that has no name" and seeking a solution in tranquilizers and psychoanalysis.That the latter was sought is true, but "the feminine mystique" was not the terminus a quo (starting point) but rather the terminus ad quem (ending point) of a permissive and hedonistic society absent a saving and redeeming God!
As a founder and first president of the National Organization for Women in 1966, she staked out positions that seemed extreme at the time on such issues as abortion, sex-neutral help-wanted ads, equal pay, promotion opportunities and maternity leave. But at the same time, Friedan insisted that the women's movement had to remain in the American mainstream, that men had to be accepted as allies and that the family should not be rejected.I'm always amazed at how often the creator of a social cancer or two often reverts to common sense and reason to leave a way of escape from their sociological experimentations.
Founding NOW was a response to federal inaction. The finale of Friedan's presidency was the national women's strike of August 1970, which brought women out across the country on the 50th anniversary of women's suffrage.Thank you Betty, but I would have been a lot more gracious if your last name were Crocker.
She also was a founder in 1968 of the National Conference for Repeal of Abortion Laws, which became the National Abortion Rights Action League, and of the National Women's Political Caucus in 1971.
By the way, being Jewish, you should now have an opinion concerning your eternal sovereign, the Son of David, the King of kings ... do you? Or, perhaps being a Marxist, what do you think of your mates Karl and Joseph and Mao? What no comments? Well you could always do what you're good at ... start a movement! How about Eternal Order of Women in Hades!
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