It was so encouraging to see on social media how many book club participants checked out Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex” and Betty Friedan’s “The Feminine Mystique” for our first discussion!
It is not the purpose of this club to make you feel like you’ve gone back to school. Please do not feel like the months’ book selections are assignments – you should not feel guilty if you don not have the time to read the whole thing, or any of it for that matter. The important thing is to be thinking about these issues and talking about them, thus expanding our understanding of gender in today’s world. If you feel that you only have time to read about the chosen book, I want you to still feel included in this group. Perhaps the discussion will prompt you to read the book sometime in the future.
In order to participate in the Lit. and a Latte January discussion on “The Second Sex” and “The Feminine Mystique”, simply follow these instructions.
Please submit your comments by January 31, 2015
“The Second Sex” (1949)
by Simone de Beauvoir
“The Feminine Mystique” (1963)
by Betty Friedan
|The introduction of “The Second Sex”||CHAPTER 1: The Problem That Has No Name|
|Wikipedia||Study guide on ENOTES|
|SparkNotes||Study guide on BOOKRAGS|
Either read the texts themselves or follow the links about to learn more
Jot down any notes, questions, or passages in the book you’d like to cover in the discussion
Review these discussion questions
- Was there an idea/concept, quote, or passage in either book that has shifted your understanding of gender?
- Do you think the role of women in society has changed a great deal since these books were published?
- In what ways and to what extent do you feel that the ideas in these books will have influenced women’s views of themselves in society?
- Are there any ideas/concepts presented in these texts that are still relevant to the women’s movement of the 21st century (the “Third Wave” of feminism)
Leave a comment below including the following
- Your initial thoughts about reading the book – how far you got, if you enjoyed it, etc.
- Your responses to any or all of the discussion questions
- Any questions you have for the group
- Would you be interested in participating in a Skype discussion about these texts? If so, what day and time would work best for you?
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