Betty’s Book Club Review: “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Freidan
I’m really trying to accept this new idea of the “Women’s Movement”. I know some Junior League members and other very savvy and important women are reading “The Feminine Mystique”, so I felt this read would be a nice way to learn more about what this new book on everyone’s minds was really like. The cover said there were over a million copies! Being left out on this book was just not going to happen.
I was able to understand the idea that a lot of housewives are very unhappy. We all really hate each other in the suburbs. It’s just so hard to be surrounded by so many vile people. Before the move, we had a divorced harlot and her perverted son, a man threatening to shoot my children’s dog, and Francine, who I had to spend time with due to process of elimination, all on my street! Francine was like a sister to me. She was miserable, and we both hated each other. When we moved there, I though it would be exclusive, but once that tacky divorced women moved into our block, I really needed to just move to a huge mansion, and never speak to anyone else again.
The author brings up the idea of how women do chores as a way to occupy their days, and it’s called “busy work” because they create even more of it in order to keep themselves occupied. It really made me think about how it truly must be a real drag to have to do chores. If I wouldn’t have had Carla there to do all the housework, cook for us, and take care of the children, why, I think the idea of this “busywork” sounds so terrible! Can’t we band together and see if we can’t get Henry to help us have a bill written to send to Governor Rockefeller to make this illegal? Slavery became illegal, so I think the “busywork” should be too.
This book was OK, I guess. I didn’t really think this book was much about the title. When I picked it up, I thought maybe it had to do with new ideas on how to look mysterious using makeup and clothing, but instead it was more of some really kooky ideas. I really wish the author had given some hair style tips, or some information about having more mystique at home dinner parties.