How did The Feminine Mystique affect the American culture?
One way in which Friedan's work ends up affecting the culture of America is in making a clear case that many American women were not as happy as originally thought. Friedan made the argument that there was a socialization embedded in American culture that helped to make women fundamentally unhappy as it "guided" women to believe that their identities only existed within the domestic realm: ‘‘the status quo can be maintained only if the wife and mother is exclusively a homemaker or, at most, has a ‘job’ rather than a ‘career.’’’ This impacted...
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