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I’m working on a gender studies multi-part question and need a sample draft to help me learn.Read from Betty Friedan’s 1963 classic, The Feminine Mystique her first chapter,which is widely credited with igniting Second Wave Feminism. Answer the following questions about it:Then, read bell hooks’s chapter, from her massively influential 1984 text, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. for a bit of biographical info on bell hooks, and what’s up with her interesting, lower-case name). Answer the following questions about it:
What is the “problem that has no name?”
Friedan writes: “The American housewife—freed by science and labor-saving appliances from the drudgery, the dangers of childbirth and the illnesses of her grandmother. She was healthy, beautiful, educated, concerned only about her husband, her children, her home. She had found true feminine fulfillment. As a housewife and mother, she was respected as a full and equal partner to man in his world. She was free to choose automobiles, clothes, appliances, supermarkets; she had everything that women ever dreamed of” (18). We’ve seen irony quite a bit lately (yellow wallpaper)
anyone?)… What is the potential irony brought up here in this quote?
What problems do you see with Friedan’s analysis? What potential critiques do you anticipate?
for a bit of biographical info on bell hooks, and what’s up with her interesting, lower-case name). Answer the following questions about it:
Describe bell hooks’s writing style, exemplified in particular with her story from pages 13-14. What is the effect of this style – how does it influence or shape your reading?
In this chapter, hooks famously confronts Friedan’s Feminine Mystique head-on: what is her critique? Cite/quote from hooks to back this up.
Do you think hooks unfairly dismisses the plight of Friedan’s “unhappy housewife?” Why or why not?
What is hooks’s point when she argues, “Racism abounds in the writings of white feminists, reinforcing white supremacy and negating the possibility that women will bond politically across ethnic and racial boundaries” (3)?
Lastly, connect the work bell hooks does in this writing to Sojourner Truth’s speech, “aint I a woman” Actions
What do the words of these two Black women tell us about their roles in the history of feminism?
Requirements: 1-2 sentences each qs minimum