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

By Stephanie Coontz

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy along with her bestselling e-book, The female Mystique. hundreds and hundreds of ladies wrote to her to assert that the booklet had remodeled, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless remember the place they have been after they first learn it.
In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Nineteen Sixties, while the sexual revolution had slightly began, newspapers marketed for “perky, beautiful gal typists,” yet married girls have been informed to stick domestic, and husbands managed nearly each point of kin existence. in keeping with exhaustive examine and interviews, and demanding either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a iteration of girls got here to gain that their dissatisfaction with family lifestyles didn’t mirror their own weak spot yet relatively a social and political injustice.

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Neoliberalism is also associated with the rollback of the gains of the civil rights movement and other social movements of the 1960s and ’70s, combined with the mobilization of racist, sexist, and xenophobic images and ideas to bolster these changes. Further, the emotional or affective registers of neoliberalism are attuned to notions of “freedom” and “choice” that obscure systemic inequalities and turn social movements ­toward goals of inclusion and incorporation and away from demands for re­distribution and structural transformation.

Traditional strategies of mass-­based or­ga­niz­ing have been underfunded and systematically dismantled, as funders prefer to channel resources ­toward pro­ject-­oriented programs with short timelines for quantifiable outcomes. ” The leadership and decision-­making come from these disproportionately white, upper-­class paid leaders and donors, which has significantly shifted priorities ­toward work that stabilizes structural in­e­qual­ity by legitimizing and advancing dominant systems of meaning and control rather than making demands for deeper transformation.

These new formations are dominated by norms typical of other professions, including unequal pay scales, poor working conditions for ­people without race, class, and education privilege, and hierarchical decision-­making structures. Taking on the institutional norms associated with “professionalism” has decreased the accountability of much movement work. Long term goals of transformative change have been replaced with short term fundraising goals managed by ­people who get paid to shape the work to match funders’ tastes.

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