Interesting article over at The Public Discourse. What intrigues me most is the discussion of freedom. I’ve recently been trying to unpack what freedom really means. It’s not the same as endless choice. And how do we live truly freely, unencumbered by the wrong expectations of us? Interesting questions. And of course, there is so much to critique about Betty Friedan. Lots of good stuff to discuss.
For all her talk about freedom, Friedan ultimately wants women to lead lives according to her own preference. Friedan attests that all housewives feel the burden of the feminine mystique. Throughout the book, Friedan condescendingly writes passages like: “for the housewife, the world is indeed rushing past her door while she just sits and watches.”