The Feminine Mystique

You’ve come a long way baby! Or have you. In 1963, Betty Friedman wrote about a woman’s desire to work outside the home and be treated equally to a man.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be a stay at home mother. Children, once you have them I believe, should be your first priority. You don’t have children to leave them with someone else. However, if you have a woman who is not happy at home then her children will not be happy either. So something needs to be worked out to meet everyone’s needs. Independence for women I believe is the right to choose and be respected for whichever lifestyle you choose. Presently, it may not be as big an issue as most women are forced to work outside the home to help support the family.

Are you living the life you want? Are you pressured by what the man in your life thinks you should be doing? Are you worried about what your friends and family will think if you step outside the box? It’s hard to assert yourself once a long standing pattern has been established. But it’s not impossible at all.

In Betty Frieden’s book, 1963, The Feminine Mystique, it’s interesting to see the evolution of women. I have chosen one excerpt for you to read below. I hope it inspires you!


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About Ilissa Banhazl

Ilissa Banhazl is a licensed marriage and family psychotherapist, former grade school teacher and holds a masters degree in reading. She has a private practice in Glendora, CA and lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and three children. She specializes in adult, adolescent, individual, couple, and family relationship counseling as well as eating disorder treatment and recovery. She facilitates a Women’s Support Group in Glendora as well as a Women’s Disordered Eating & Body Image Group. Ilissa authors 3 therapy blogs, Marriage and Family, Eating Disorders and Group Therapy. You can follow her at FB and Twitter. or
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