Average Females Analyzing Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique

Article by Melodie Yvonne

My beautiful seester, Christina, recently had an assignment for her college level Woman’s Studies course that involved reading an excerpt from a very interesting piece of material with another female, and then sitting down and having a recorded discussion about it. I always love a good brain massage now and then, so when she propositioned me I agreed immediately, and she headed to my house. The reading material up for discussion would be a section from a widely known book, The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, and there would be no right or wrong answer. I knew the topic would not cause a debate with sides that would divide my sister and myself, however, it was an ongoing issue with sides that divided the world, and not just in the past, but today’s society as well. I was very intrigued to be a part of the project as well as super tickled that my sister had chosen me, and I couldn’t wait for her arrival. As soon as she arrived we began to dig into the material, and I think the resulting insights and ideas are both far more passionate than either she or I expected to entertain. Read this excerpt from The Feminine Mystique that inspired our conversation about Betty Friedan’s classic work, and then listen in as we discuss our opinions on the situation in the audio below.

I will have to say I definitely learned a lot from Christina and Betty Friedan’s words as well as their endeavors as humans, and as women, to fight against our heritage of daintiness and traditional housewife servitude. My sister inspired me with this assignment, and she continues to impress me every day with her willingness to continue seeking knowledge in a time when most of the world’s news is deplorable. It is a rather difficult thing to imagine some of the problems that Friedan touches on in today’s society, and maybe even more difficult to realize that some of these issues still exist. I feel it may be beneficial to start including The Feminine Mystique on more syllabus throughout our schools systems not just in Women’s Studies courses, but as a general study for all genders, and maybe even at a younger age. Teaching about issues such as these early on in life promotes more understanding, and I believe understanding breeds compassion which is where our acceptance lives. Although this adventure opened my eyes to a type of strife that I was blind to I am also very grateful for this new perspective as I’m now beset with a new empathy for my gender that I didn’t realize I lacked, and a new hope brought on by the bond that a simple conversation helped solidify even further between me and one of my greatest female inspirations, my sister.

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Melodie Yvonne

Melodie Yvonne, lead photographer and owner of Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the age of 5, and was immediately hooked. By the age of 15 she began to turn every trip, even just to the local park, into a fantasy scene of her own imagination, and started mentoring with many local professionals. Melodie received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up listening to many amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when listening to music. Her goal was to help people SEE the music.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography. She published her first print work, a collection of images & poetry, in 2011, and has since published many more print works. Melodie currently acts as owner & lead photographer at Photographic Melodie, House Photographer for Purdue Theatre, and Tour Photographer for multiple Billboard Charts topping bands as well as freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and musicians.

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