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By Stephanie Coontz

In 1963, Betty Friedan unleashed a hurricane of controversy together with her bestselling ebook, The female Mystique. enormous quantities of girls wrote to her to claim that the ebook had reworked, even stored, their lives. approximately part a century later, many ladies nonetheless keep in mind the place they have been once they first learn it.

In A unusual Stirring, historian Stephanie Coontz examines the sunrise of the Nineteen Sixties, while the sexual revolution had slightly started, newspapers marketed for "perky, beautiful gal typists," yet married girls have been informed to stick domestic, and husbands managed nearly each element of family members lifestyles.

Based on exhaustive learn and interviews, and tough either conservative and liberal myths approximately Friedan, A unusual Stirring brilliantly illuminates how a new release of girls got here to achieve that their dissatisfaction with family existence didn't mirror their own weak point yet fairly a social and political injustice.

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Simone de Beauvoir l’évoque en deux endroits. D’abord dans les Cahiers de jeunesse : le 6 septembre 1926, elle énumère quatre schémas possibles de roman, le quatrième étant celui qu’elle va choisir et qui va devenir Tentative d’existence : Je m’amuse à imaginer des histoires… En voici quelques-unes : […] Et aussi la lutte entre une âme qui voudrait être et devrait se résigner à paraître et les autres, la victoire des barbares sur une âme trop faible pour leur tenir tête. Par exemple, le journal d’une petite fille qui serait fiancée, qui n’aimerait pas, mais qui croirait aimer parce qu’on lui affirmerait qu’elle aime, et qui soupçonnerait par moments cette duperie, qui tenterait de s’évader du mariage, mais qui se marierait.

Je penserais à tout ce que j’ai envie de vous dire et je ne dormirais pas plus. J’ai envie de vous dire tant de choses ce soir. Cette heure incomparable à Mont-de-Marsan, sur les bords de la rivière, dans une lumière qui était le dernier don splendide de la campagne cette année, et votre présence, plus poignante que l’an dernier, où vous étiez là. Dans les pins, fuyant par la portière, il y eut encore, inattendues comme le bonheur, des traînées sanglantes (seule épithète juste quoique usée) d’une extraordinaire beauté mais beauté regrettée avant d’être saisie, beauté de l’adieu.

Surtout la première descente en moi des soirs de Paris, dans une défaillance chaque année reconnue et chaque année nouvelle, et telle que je ne peux dire si elle est désolation ou bonheur. Encore une fois le temps pour moi se confond ; est-ce aujourd’hui ? ou il y a deux ans, ce soir dont vous vous souvenez peut-être, où le long de la Seine puis dans les Tuileries sombres, près des jets d’eau chantants, pour la première fois depuis longtemps, pour la première fois sans restriction, nous nous sommes senties si proches ?

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