. . . [O]nce she [the American woman] asks herself "What do I want to do?" she begins to find her own answers. Once she begins to see through the delusions of the feminine mystique [the housewife's perception of entrapment]—and realizes that neither her husband nor her children, nor the things in her house, nor sex, nor being like all the other women, can give her a self—she often finds the solution much easier than she anticipated.
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Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (New York: Norton, 1963), 338.