The Second Sex Feminism Analysis

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for independence or to maintain a middle class lifestyle with two incomes. Even if women were educated, they found it nearly impossible to get a job that was primarily for men. Job ads in the newspapers were separated into male jobs and female jobs. Also, uneducated women or women of color had an even harder time looking for work. They usually had a position as a maid. Overall, women did not feel as if they had a strong purpose in life. The Women’s Movement of the 1970’s and 1980’s was not led by a single figure or group, rather it was run by women as a whole. However, the movement was divided between the younger and older generations, upper and middle class and radical and conservative views. “The Second Sex” a book written by Simone de Beavoir in 1953, explains how the ideology that men are dominant, is enforced by ongoing myths. It also states how just because women are capable of getting pregnant and menstruating, does not make them inferior to men. In 1963, Betty Friedan, who was influenced by “The Second Sex”, wrote The Feminine Mystique. This book discusses how women were seen in the mainstream media, and how forcing them to be homemakers, limits their potential. In a survey Friedan conducted using her old classmates from Smith College, it was found that women who played a role at home and worked, were happier than women who only stayed at home (Napikoski). In 1960, the Food and Drug Administration approved the oral contraceptive pill (birth control) which allowed
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