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Women Studies9 - Nancy Shaba WS 3010 Feminism/Local and...

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Nancy Shaba WS 3010 10/18/11 Feminism/Local and National Movements The first article I read was called The Problem that Has No Name . It was written by Betty Friedan and focused on women in the 1950’s. She talks about women’s unhappiness during the Fifties and defines it as “the problem that has no name.” It is the upper-middle class women who are not satisfied with their lives and need something else besides their housewife duties. She blames the media for displaying an idealized image of femininity. The media taught them that truly feminine women do not want careers, higher education, and political rights. Friedan wrote that they were taught to pity the neurotic, unfeminine, unhappy women who wanted to be poets or physicists or president. The article was also about how in the 1960’s women who had once wanted careers were now making careers out of having babies. The image of the beautiful, suburban housewife was accepted as the norm and women drove themselves crazy, sometimes literally to achieve this goal. Friedan concluded that "the problem that has no name" is not a loss
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