What Do I Read Next?
- In her controversial book The Second Stage (1981), Friedan defines a new mystique, the feminist mystique, which she says is supported by the superwoman stereotype—the woman who can do everything. Friedan advocates making the family the central focus in women's life and instituting separate standards for women and men, since women cannot be expected to perform at their highest levels at both work and home.
- In The Masculine Mystique: The Politics of Masculinity (1995), Andrew Kimbrell argues that American men are in crisis. As in Friedan's book, Kimbrell's manifesto examines men's history, discusses sociological factors that affect men, and offers a plan of action to combat the masculine mystique.
- In The Difference: Growing Up Female in America (1994), Washington Post columnist Judy Mann explores the difficulties of growing up as a female in the United States in the 1990s. Drawing on her own experiences, interviews with teenage girls, and a wealth of historical and cultural research, Mann discusses the various sociological forces that affect girls today and offers suggestions for new ways to raise boys and girls.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman's novella The Yellow Wallpaper (1899), which is based on events in her own life, is one of the most powerful works by early feminists. In the story, a protagonist is locked into a third-floor room of a house by her husband and physician, who assumes that the woman's unhappiness can be cured by seclusion and lack of stimulation or movement. However, as the story progresses, the woman loses touch with reality, increasingly relating to a woman whom she envisions as living inside the room's yellow wallpaper.
- In the essay A Room of One's Own (1929) Virginia Woolf argued that, in order for women to achieve the same greatness that male writers have, women need an income and privacy. In addition, Woolf discusses the fact that the idealistic and powerful portrayals of women in fiction have historically differed from the slave-like situations that many women faced in real life.