Feminine Mystique or Mistake

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Letterhead for the weekly panel discussion series "Maincurrents."

This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.

Moderator Lee Graham introduces the topic for discussion. When it comes to women there seem to be three schools of thought on how they can attain happiness: "the Feminine Mystique school of Betty Friedan," which prescribes a woman hold an outside job; a "demi-feminism school of Marion Saunders" which advocates domesticity with unpaid community work; and finally the Freudian school which insists a woman's place is in the home.

Panelists inlclude:
Candy Jones, "fashion and grooming expert ... author and former model;" Marlene Sanders, television news correspondent for ABC; Max Sapan, president of an advertising agency; Gloria Steinem, freelance writer; and Peter Wyden, executive editor of the Ladies Home Journal.

Gloria Steinem describes what Friedan meant by the "feminine mystique." Sapan talks about a woman knowing herself as a woman, but more importantly as a human being.

Candy Jones discusses her school, which is for women to find more satisfaction within themselves.

The question of a woman's role as mother versus a working woman. A major objection seems to be that Friedan's book makes women feel bad for not working.

The discussion moves to issues related to a man being threatened by a woman making more money than the man in a marriage.

They move on to a discussion of the education of women.

General discussion of if men (or women) can do the work they want to do.

Interestingly, Candy Jones interjects at one point saying that she would like to be an international spy.

Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection

WNYC archives id: 72282
Municipal archives id: T3200