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ERIC Number: ED180007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
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The Rhetoric of Betty Friedan: Rhetoric of Redefinition.
Foss, Karen A.
Two speeches by Betty Friedan, author of "The Feminine Mystique" and first president of the National Organization for Women (NOW), are examined in this paper. The first speech analyzed, "Tokenism and the Pseudo-Radical Cop-Out," was delivered at Cornell University in January, 1969, and the second, a "Call to Women's Strike for Equality," was delivered at the NOW convention in Chicago on March 20, 1970. The first speech was selected for examination because it presents the core ideas of Friedan's views on feminism and the second speech was selected because of its impact on the women's movement. The purpose, context and audience, symbolic strategies, and effects of Friedan's discourse are analyzed as an initial step toward discovering whether a separate genre of women's rhetoric exists. Friedan's use of symbolic redefinition of women's roles is also noted. (MKM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A