Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Betty Freidan's Husband

In May 2000, feminist idol Betty Friedan released her autobiography entitled "My life so far".   One of her most vocal critics was her ex-husband, Carl Friedan - who strongly objected to her claim that he had abused her during their marriage.  There was not one iota of proof the support her claim. He quickly revealed that it was her - not him - who was the violent spouse during their marriage and further he criticized her Publisher and book reviewer in the New York Times for not "fact-checking" any of her claims.  Betty quickly retracted her allegations.

David Horowitz wrote an interesting piece about this titled "Feminism's Dirtiest Secret" in which he stripped this observation about both Betty and Carl.
[As well documented in her biography, Betty] Friedan, from her college days and until her mid-thirties, was a Stalinist marxist (or a camp follower thereof).
[This] secret was shared by hundreds of her comrades on the Left – though not, of course, by the unsuspecting American public.
The actual facts of Friedan's life—that she was a professional marxist ideologue, that her husband supported her full-time writing and research, that she had a maid and lived in a Hudson river mansion, attending very little to household duties—were inconvenient to the persona and the theory she was determined to promote.
Even the much-abused Mr. Friedan – also a leftist .... writes;
"I am proud of what she did for the world… Betty being monstrous in pursuit of her goals doesn't bother me at all. She changed the course of history almost single-handedly and it took a `monster' perhaps, a driven, super-aggressive, egocentric, almost lunatic dynamo to rock the world the way she did. Unfortunately, she was the same person at home, where this kind of conduct does not work." 
Horowitz notes:  "What Mr. Friedan seems to be saying is that it was all right for his wife to abuse everyone else, but not to abuse him. This sort of thinking is typical of the Left."

Yes indeed - "the ends justify the means".


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