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  • “You liberated us,” she wrote, “taught us to use our brains and not just our looks, and in the '70s when women suppressed their femininity in order to fit into the male-dominated work-place and the feminist revolution ... you went right on telling us it's OK to be women, to use our beauty and our brains and to be confident who we are as individuals.”

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  • She used the image of a concentration camp because housewives, like prisoners, are “forced to spend their days in work” that is “monotonous, endless,” that involves “no mental concentration,” offers “no hope of advancement or recognition” and is “controlled by the needs of others.” The concentration camp image clarifies Friedan’s key premise: Women are not human in the housewife

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