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Quote 5457by Anonymous on 03/07/2011

It is better for a woman to compete impersonally in society, as men do, than to compete for dominance in her own home with her husband, compete with her neighbors for empty status, and so smother her son that he cannot compete at all.
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    Quote 6816by Anonymous on 09/10/2011

    The problem lay buried, unspoken for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States. Each suburban housewife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night, she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question: 'Is this all?'
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      Quote 7393by Anonymous on 09/11/2011

      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.
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        Quote 7549by Anonymous on 19/12/2011

        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.
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          Quote 10574by Anonymous on 11/10/2012

          Aging seems to be the only available way to live a long life.
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            Quote 10934by Anonymous on 11/11/2012

            Men are not the enemy, but the fellow victims. The real enemy is women's denigration of themselves.
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              Quote 12354by Anonymous on 30/03/2013

              A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she adjust to prejudice and discrimination.
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                Quote 12649by Anonymous on 05/05/2013

                Instead of fulfilling the promise of infinite orgasmic bliss, sex in the America of the feminine mystique is becoming a strangely joyless national compulsion, if not a contemptuous mockery.
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                  Quote 13295by Anonymous on 05/07/2013

                  A woman has got to be able to say, and not feel guilty, 'Who am I, and what do I want out of life?' She mustn't feel selfish and neurotic if she wants goals of her own, outside of husband and children.
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                    Quote 13944by Anonymous on 24/09/2013

                    I never set out to write a book to change women's lives, to change history. It's like, 'Who, me?' Yes, me. I did it. And I'm not that different from other women. ... Maybe my power and glory was that I could speak my truth as a woman and it was the truth of every woman.
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