Riesman, David
August 1953
New Republic;8/31/53, Vol. 129 Issue 5, p20
The article focuses on the book Women in the Modern World, by Mirra Komarovsky. She goes about her work by interviewing college women looking ahead to their dilemmas and housewives living in the midst of them. The result is a thoughtful and interesting book, good-tempered despite provocations from neo-antifeminists, like Marynia Faraham, who have used psychoanalytic data in their effort to persuade women to limit their aims to the pre-Enlightenment ones. Komarovsky is well aware of the defensiveness or self-deception such a discovery may conceal; she is also aware that the shoptalk of housewives still lacks the prestige of even the most petty and limited shoptalk of engineers or teachers.


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