By Stephanie Coontz
In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a typhoon of controversy along with her bestselling publication, The female Mystique. hundreds of thousands of ladies wrote to her to claim that the booklet had remodeled, even kept, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless remember the place they have been after they first learn it.
In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Sixties, while the sexual revolution had slightly started, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married ladies have been informed to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each point of relatives existence.
Based on exhaustive examine and interviews, and difficult either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of girls got here to gain that their dissatisfaction with household lifestyles didn't replicate their own weak point yet relatively a social and political injustice.
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Extra resources for A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique & American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s
They ·have a structure of female -representatives of their natal lineages -as was mentioned in · the naming ceremonies. We are not told how . a woman acquires the technology to build a house. Who does she mobilize? Does that compel her to a · prescribed behaviour towards a specific category of women in - order to ensure their help? T-hese systems of gender discourse which complete the social structure are missing. Yet, as with the soog kin relations of the Tallensi, the moral system generated from the wuro seems central to Jelgobe processes of socialit� While man is metaphorieally associated with the ladde, bush, and is addressed as jom wuro, head of the wuro, this headship is .
The patriarchal rituals are, in any case, dramatizations of the appropriation of women's roles, and are used to humiliate, humble and control women's cultural potenti alities - again that perennial contest between matriarchy and patriarchy. As Bloch puts it: It is therefore essential to remember, as is too often forgotten in anthropology, that the roles that people act in rituals do not reflect or define social status. Rather these roles are part of a drama that creates an image and that needs to be created because in many ways it contradicts what everybody knows.
5· Ifi Amadiume, I g87b. 6. Ibid. 7. 'The mouth that spoke a falsehood will later speak the truth: going home to the field in Eastern Nigeria', in Diana Bell, Patricia Caplan, Wazir Jahan Abdul Karim (eds), 8. Gendered Fields: Ht0men, Men and Ethonography, London: Routledge 1 993 . See Laura Bohannan ( 1 949), 'Dahomean marriage: a revaluation' , Africa, 1 9(4) : 273-87; Hugo Huber (rg 68-g), 'Woman marriage in some East African societies', 63/ 64 (5 / 6) : 745-5 2; Dregina Oboler (1g8o), 'Is female husband a man?
A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique & American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s by Stephanie Coontz