#1, Dec 27, 2012 9:52am
If I compare Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique to JPII's thoughts on "Feminine Genius"--I find them fundamentally contradictory (Why didn't my teachers have us read them both, at my Catholic high school?!!)
Here's the difference between the two: traditional vocation vs. modern experiment--and Friedan would agree (not to mention that she would be pleased with how far the experiment has gone since the 60s).
Along with Friedan, we looked at the figure of "Rosie the Riveteer" as the icon for working women. WWII put women to work en masse for the first time in American history. Of note, many of whom did not want to work--but, as mentioned, propaganda!
So, what are the proud roots of the modern feminist movement in America (not to undermine those who nobly fought for voting rights in the late 19th and early 20th century)? World War, contraception, abortion, and careerism.
Facing down all of these roots are feminine genius giants: Mary, Mother Theresa, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Nellie Gray...
Godwilling,The "democracy of the dead" will one day outshine a mere 50 year experiment.