Liberation of Woman Essay

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The Liberation of Woman The terms "Liberated Women" and "Women's Liberation" are not necessarily synonymous. In fact, much like the chicken and the egg, one may wonder which came first. While the term "Liberated Women" was probably not a widely used phrase until the height of the women's liberation movement, I maintain that liberated women emerged first. Moreover, it was the liberated women who inspired and initiated the women's liberation movement. In "The Politics of Housework" Pat Mainardi writes, "Liberated women - very different from women's liberation! The first signals all kids of goodies, to warm the hearts (not to mention other parts) of the most radical men. The other signals - housework" (Bloom…show more content…
One fig was a husband and a happy home and children, and another fig was a brilliant professor, and another fig was Ee Gee, the amazing editor, ... and another fig was an Olympic lady crew champion, and beyond and above these were many more figs I couldn't quite make out. I saw myself sitting in the crotch of this fig tree, starving to death, just because I couldn't make up my mind which of the figs I would choose. I wanted each and every one of them, but choosing one meant losing all the rest, and, as I sat there, unable to decide, the figs began to wrinkle and go black, and, one by one, they plopped to the ground at my feet. (Plath 62-3) The helplessness and confusion Esther feels no doubt stems from the pressure to resign herself to the role of perfect housewife and to be completely satisfied with that role, as many women of the era seemed to be. However, Esther believes that she is worthy of much more, and she is right. She would have fit in well with the women of the new millennium who strive to "have it all," though the fight is not easy for them either. Liberated women also wanted their sexual independence. They were tired of the double standard that existed in the bedroom. It was acceptable for a man to have sexual experience before marriage, but a woman must
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