The Feminine Mystique and Marxism

Posted By on December 7, 2011

What is the enduring legacy of Betty Friedan’s Feminine Mystique? First, Friedan helped destroy the American family – driving a wedge between husband and wife by demonizing the position of housewives as domestic slaves and grossly romanticizing working outside the home. Friedan’s hagiographic biographer Daniel Horowitz even noted that Friedan offered a distorted vision of the actual conditions of white upper-middle class suburban housewives in the 1950s, by hyping anything that was negative and repressing anything that was constructive, shamelessly manipulating and inventing the data to confirm her neurotic need for a crisis and disregard (as Marx, Mead and Kinsey did) everything that challenged her grand, abstract thesis….

Liberal fascism (e.g., progressivism, socialism, Marxism, communism) is a form of ideological vengeance reeked against society for allegedly being oppressive, unjust, racist and misogynist. According to author Benjamin Wiker, Friedan believed that “progress means conquering the natural conditions that keep women from being defined by their sex,” which Friedan championed under the perverse paradigm: Motherhood = “a comfortable concentration camp,” and working outside the home = “the emancipation of women.”

Friedan’s legacy essentially launched the feminist revolution known as the “Women’s movement” under the guise of liberating all women and granting them equal rights into the labor force, yet Friedan aggressively championed a hidden Marxist-Engels paradigm, exploiting all of the techniques and strategies of a demagogue. In other words, Friedan’s book essentially sanctioned the wholesale sacrifice of being a wife, motherhood and children on the altar of abortion and careerism presided over by the all-powerful Marxist State.

Read the full piece HERE. Please note that no one is saying that feminism and feminism alone is responsible for destroying the family. There are many factors feeding into the downward trajectory of marriage and family. However, it was Friedan’s clear intent to help destroy traditional marriage, complementary gender roles, and family-centered child-rearing to pave the way for the socialist “nanny state.” We recommend The Feminine Minority by Patricia Regar (click the cover in the sidebar) for an excellent analysis of feminism’s impact on modern womanhood.

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

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Jennie is the wife of Matthew and mother of ten children, all of whom keep the household bubbling with life, learning, and levity. Jennie co-founded LAF in 2002 with Lydia Sherman and has been delighted to hear from women all over the world who enjoy their femininity and love to cultivate womanly virtues.

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6 Responses to “The Feminine Mystique and Marxism”

  1. SusanneT says:

    I’m sure not every 1950ies housewife was blissfully happy but I bet on the whole women (and their husbands and children) were happier !

  2. Friedan’s intent was not to destroy the family, but to put perspective on what many women were feeling. For some women, having children and not working outside of the home is enough. That is fine. For others, it is not enough. And that is fine as well.

    She also did not want to destroy gender roles, but show that there are options for how women can choose to live. What’s wrong with choices? Friedan isn’t telling you not to have kids, she’s just saying others may not want to.

    You may choose to have a pet bird, and I choose to have a cat. Live and let live.

  3. Georgia says:

    Suzanne can you support that statement?

  4. Useyourhooves, you’ll need to do the research and come at this from Friedan’s own words and actions. The article on Frieden’s Marxist background is easily verifiable, as are her motivations for writing The Feminine Mystique. Exposing her intent doesn’t stop you from choosing your own way. It’s a free country. :)

  5. Mrs. White says:

    I live in Northern Ireland, and I see feminism as a great social evil and I oppose it at every opportunity. Feminism has desensitised society to that which is vulgar and obscene, and it encourages women to behave in any way they choose and have encouraged them to cast off all restraint and f eminine loveliness. So we see masculine women and feminised men, as feminism must have a unisex society where the differences between men and women are downplayed or ignored.

    The vile feminist play, which I will refer to as “The Vulgar Monologues”, is a man-hating, disgusting and dangerous piece of propaganda. I have spoken to some people who researched this play and it is as I have described. I do not need to see this play, nor would I ever want to, as one does not need to eat a whole egg to know it is rotten.

    One feminist in USA has gone so far as to virtually encourage false accusations against men, as they are intent on toppling the “patriarchy”.

  6. Jessie says:

    I tried to read her book. I made it to the 5th chapter and COULD NOT go any further. Her wisdom was insane she just rambles and makes no wise statement at all. Her writing made no sense to me. It was foolishness! I marvel at the fact women read this and thought it was freeing and wonderful. I seriously considered burning it and then paying the library for it :0) But I gave it back instead! Freedom of speech. I don’t say this with an arrogant voice I just really can’t understand her logic. Us as stay at home Moms, do struggle but we need the truth to help encourage us to press on. Our joyous moments out weigh our struggles! Fighting against our selfishness, takes the Holy Spirit’s power! He freely gives to all who ask. I see her book as for worldly unsaved women who have no hope or truth, to them sure it would make perfect sense to leave your children to the state to raise and to abort the ones you don’t want and to see your husband as some dream crusher. It’s is funny to think that I am raising the next generation and when I die I will not be man I wish I would have let someone else raise my children, I wish I would have made more money, or had a bigger house, I really wish I wouldn’t have loved my husband so much etc… It will be I should have spend more time loving, caring for, enjoying my husband, and teaching my children of God and His wonderful ways.

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