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FEB 13, 2013 - Slate

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The Feminine Mystique at 50

Emily, your confession is safe with me, because I’ve got to make a very similar one. Somehow I managed to make it to age 28—and along the way to acquire an American studies degree and make a living writing very often about American women—without even so much as cracking the spine of this book before now. I’m sure you’re right to pinpoint how successful it has been, in many ways, as the reason we both never felt the need to pick it up. I absorbed its lessons from birth: Why the hell would I ever not work? And yet what struck me most about The Feminine Mystique is how very radical it is. I ... Read More

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