Unpacking Feminism’s Backpack

As a note, I will be using “we” in this essay. It’s difficult because “we” is not easily defined and I am not an authority. “We” will always be more complex than words can cover. “We” always lacks in various representation and “we” does not always cover “we.” I will use it in reference to mainstream feminism, “we” as those who align ourselves with that cause. ‘Cause “we” needs some work. Read More Unpacking Feminism’s Backpack

Reading The Feminist Mystique, Pt. II: The Honeymoon’s Over

In the second half of Betty Friedan’s classic screed calling for the women of America to wake up and shake off the deadening grip of housewifery, the book begins to show its age. Amid genuinely compelling research about how corporations shill products to identity-less women, there are blithe assertions that suffocating mothers contribute to their sons’ homosexuality and promiscuous women are emotionally immature. The Feminine Mystique, as an iconic and highly influential relic of the mid-century feminist movement, deserves our appreciation and respect, but it’s far from perfect. Read More Reading The Feminist Mystique, Pt. II: The Honeymoon’s Over