According to Louis Menand in his article posted on January 24, 2011 in The New Yorker, The Feminine Mystique:
“‘. . . was a book that helped to change the world, or at least the way a lot of people saw the world“.
Menard goes on to tell us why Friedan’s book was so successful:
“She may have exaggerated her originality as well, but she succeeded where no other feminist writer had. She touched the lives of ordinary readers.”
Menard testifies to the fact that The Feminine Mystique was a “blockbuster” of it’s time:
“‘The Feminine Mystique’ ended up spending six weeks on the Times best-seller list. The first paperback printing sold 1.4 million copies.”
Undoubtedly, Friedan’s book will cause us to think and re-think the way we perceive ourselves as women and our perception of other women in our culture.
We look forward to reading and discussing Friedan’s culture changing book, The Feminine Mystique, in the Online Book Club. Our discussion of Chapter 1 will start soon, so start reading.
Click here to read Louis Menard’s article.