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Essay on Woman's Civil Right

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A Women’s Civil Right

The speech ”A Women’s Civil Right” was written in 1969 and the feminist author Betty Friedan delivered it. Betty Friedan was a proponent of the modern women’s movement and claimed that women in 1969 and onwards should not be trapped in the stereotypical housewife role. Friedan was convinces that social barriers in the society kept women imprisoned in “the housewife trap”. She wanted women to have better career opportunities, introduce equality with men and to eliminate the illusion of “the happy housewife”. This specific speech announces that abortion should be a part of a women’s civil right.

Betty Friedan singles out women to be the invisible minority in America. The invisible women in the American society
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Despite the influx of love from the outside world on e.g. Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day, women are often used as a subject in comedy and as an obscene instrument for comedians. Friedan states that the hostility between the world’s two sexes has never been worse. She makes use of symbolic objects to describe the male interpretation of the feminine ideals, which have a very negative value. A prime example is the Lolita. The Lolita doll is often related to sex and it is used as a sex item across the world. This vehement comparison between a woman and a Lolita doll creates a furious feeling in many women. The shared emotion among the female population produces a well-known feeling of solidarity and fellowship, which Betty Freidan could use to accomplish her political purposes. Friedan states that the comparison is a part of a punishment of women and that it is the most important factor in the question about abortion.

Betty Friedan compares the women with a cancer-cell to create the feeling of anger. She uses imagery to produce a picture of a mother’s unendurable life in America in 1969. Women are to dependent on their husband and children like a cancer cell is to another cell. They are oppressed creatures, who have been taking their inner violence, frustrations and mental disorders out on themselves and their husband and children: “Perhaps it is the least understood fact of American political life: the enormous buried

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