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If divorce has increased by one thousand percent, don't blame the women's movement. Blame the obsolete sex roles on which our marriages were based.
The suburban housewife - she was the dream image of the young American women and the envy, it was said, of women all over the world. The American housewife - freed by science and labor-saving appliances from the drudgery, the dangers of childbirth, and the illnesses of her grandmother had found true feminine fulfillment.
Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework -an inability to endure pain or discipline or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort, a devastating boredom with life.
Older, we must move, and stay, and move again, to keep our life-giving ties alive, for this movement is our fountain of age. And there's a freedom in realizing this, a new freedom to move or stay, new necessities and possibilities of choice.
The feminine mystique has succeeded in burying millions of American women alive.
It is easier to live through someone else than to become complete yourself.
Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.
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