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A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique & American Women by Stephanie Coontz

By Stephanie Coontz

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy together with her bestselling booklet, The female Mystique. 1000's of ladies wrote to her to assert that the e-book had remodeled, even kept, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless bear in mind the place they have been after they first learn it.

In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Sixties, whilst the sexual revolution had slightly began, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married ladies have been advised to stick domestic, and husbands managed virtually each point of kin lifestyles.

Based on exhaustive study and interviews, and hard either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of girls got here to achieve that their dissatisfaction with household existence didn't replicate their own weak spot yet really a social and political injustice.

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Central to objectification’s moral aspect is autonomy-denial. Central to objectification’s epistemological aspect is a double anomaly, projection and its real or apparent fulfillment—roughly, a wishful thinking so, which helps to make it so. Putting these together, we have the idea that objectification is an act or process that denies autonomy, through projection and its real or apparent fulfillment. introduction 15 Is this epistemological aspect necessary to objectification, on this proposal? Consider a classic example of an objectifier, in the traditional moral sense of that term: a slave owner, say, or a rapist, who knows exactly what he is doing, and in whose autonomy-denying treatment no role is played by projection or its self-fulfillment.

But, whether or not it should be counted as harm for the purposes of a political argument, it is surely relevant to questions that an individual might have about his, or her, own life. Why choose to have one’s imagination and relationships invaded, and made to march to an alien drum? ⁴⁷ She had an important point: feminist argument about pornography is not ‘moralism’, in the legal sense ⁴⁶ This and the previous quotation are from interviews done by Pamela Paul, Pornified, 232–3, in her seventh chapter, which focuses on compulsive users.

Far from there being any concern for the happiness of the loved one, the lover, in order to satisfy his desire, may even plunge the loved one into the depths of misery. ³⁵ That pessimism is not quite the whole picture. Elsewhere, including in the letters to Maria von Herbert, Kant describes sexual love in terms of friendship, and friendship in terms that eloquently suggest escape from solipsism. ³⁶ What are we to make of that pessimism, though: how is sexual love supposed to make of the loved person ‘an object of appetite’?

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