Posted By Jennie Chancey 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.
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