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 Ramey, owner, editor, & contributor at Photographic Melodie, grew up in the small southern Indiana town of North Vernon. She picked up her first camera at the young age of 5, and was immediately hooked. Every trip, even just to the local park, was turned into a fantasy scene of her own imagination that would later be turned into epic tales in word and photos.

Melodie spent her teen years learning from and mentoring under professionals such as Richard Young, John Sheckler, and The Grand Conundrum. She received an Associates of Applied Science in Visual Technologies majoring in Photography from Ivy Tech in 2002 after studying under acclaimed professors such as Hoosier photographer Darryl Jones, Jonathan Wilson, and many other masters in the field.

Melodie’s main focus has always been music photography. Growing up with photography and listening to amazing musicians inspired her dream to create visual images that made people feel the way they do when they hear the music. She wanted to help people SEE the music by capturing every magical moment of concerts that she could only dream about as she gazed into music magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin.

Melodie has done numerous jobs around the country ranging from working for bands to even being the official photographer on many southern Indiana Poker Runs. Her specialties are in nature, music, and candid event photography, as well as one of a kind photographic creations. Melodie published her first print book Photographic Memories: In the Beginning, a collection of poetry, in 2011, and has since published 2 more print works, Photographic Memories: Meet me in the Middle and Hoosier Heavens, her first photo book. Melodie currently acts as publisher, editor & lead contributor at Photographic Melodie and does freelance work with many other media outlets, venues, and artists.

Melodie says, “I started out with a Tweety bird camera and a dream and I never let go. I will always love photography and the vessel it has given me to share the images of my heart and mind with the world. I have found that every single person on this earth visualizes the world in very different ways. Some people are optimists, some are pessimists. Some people are daydreamers, and others keep their feet firmly planted on the ground. Photography allows me to show some of these different visualizations. It allows the rationalist to see that it’s okay to dream, it can show the monsters hidden in the dark, and it can show even the saddest of people that there is still joy in the world.”

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