walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

a flickering light at the halfway mark. oh, wait, it just went out

Coontz has just described some studies in the 1950s that could be interpreted in a variety of ways, but we would probably interpret as showing that the lives of blue-collar working wives were "more chaotic, insecure, and threatening than that of their middle-class counterparts." whereas the "pain of middle-class housewives arose out of the contradictions between what they were told they should be feeling and what they actually felt."

"It is pointless to construct a hierarchy of who hurt more, and whether one kind of pain was more or less justified than another. And I say this as someone whose first reaction was to dismiss the pain of the middle-class hosuewives as less "real" than that of their working-class sisters."

Well, finally. I'm hoping she'll next observe that women after FM looking back at the women described in FM and complaining about how they were a bunch of educated, white, middle-class whiners are _just piling onto an oppressed minority_. However, that is probably overly optimistic.

Sure enough, Coontz next says that when she was doing the research, she was dismayed "at how few of the black and working-class women I interviewed had read Friedan. I was distressed that the book's appeal seemed to be concentrated among such a relatively privileged section of women."

I call this the Sesame Street error. It is true, Sesame Street has very limited adult appeal. But that's a really dumb complaint to make about Sesame Street.

all of the above near location 2040ish

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