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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