Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Mirror.

"Mademoiselle 1949 "Holiday"

"I desperate young wife is ordered by her doctor to get out of the house at least one day a week.  She goes shopping, tries on dresses, looks in the mirror wondering which one her husband Sam will like.   Always Sam, like a Greek chorus in the back of her head, as if she herself hadn't a definiteness, a clarity that was undisputedly hers.  Suddenly she couldn't make the difference between pleated and gourd skirts of sufficient importance to fix her decision.  She looked at her self in the full length glass, tall, getting thicker around the hips, the lines of her face beginning to slip, she was 29, but she felt middle aged, as if a great many years had passed and there wasn't very much yet to come. "

-The Feminine Mystique (1963) by Betty Friedan


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