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Young, White, and Miserable

Growing Up Female in the Fifties

Young, White, and Miserable is a critically acclaimed study that compellingly shows how the feminist movement of the 1960s found momentum in the seemingly peaceable time of the 1950s. Wini Breines explores white middle class America and argues that mixed messages given to girls during this decade lent fuel to the fire that would later become known as feminism. Concluding with a look at the life and suicide of social scientist Anne Parsons, this book is a poignant and important look into conditions that led to the women’s movement.

280 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Culture Studies

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

1. The Experts’ Fifties: Women, Men, and Male Social Scientists
2. Family Legacies
3. Sexual Puzzles
4. The Other Fifties: Beats, Bad Girls, and Rock and Roll
5. Alone in the Fifties: Anne Parsons and the Feminine Mystique

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