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    Monday, February 06, 2006

    Saying Goodbye to Betty Friedan


    Rox Populi, Feministe, Huffington Post, Pesky Apostrophe pay tribute to the "noted feminist".

    Salon's Joan Walsh discusses "Feminism after Friedan."

    But it is My Amusement Park's job to remind you, as in the case of Rosa Parks, that our major activist leaders are rarely as they appear in mainstream press. Before writing The Feminine Mystique, Friedan was a leader in the Communist Party and in Labor activism, and a radical journalist. We can groan about the "Lavender Menace" garbage, but the woman used the propaganda, of-the-people-style journalism she learned as a Communist and Labor radical to mobilize a group of people that hadn't been mobilized since the beginning of the Progressive Era- the white, middle-class housewives. Now, it may not have been ALL women, but it was a valuable subset of women held in thrall by a mode of consumer capitalism Friedan despised. What she accomplished was amazing.

    Also, Bitch/Lab gives you the necessary post on Friedan that everyone else is avoiding writing. So check it out and this too.

    2 Comments:

    Blogger Omnipotent Poobah said...

    I once had the opportunity to interview Betty about 30 years ago. Quite an interesting woman.

    3:50 PM  
    Blogger EL said...

    Really? I hope you blog about it- I'd love to hear what she had to say!

    4:18 PM  

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