II. Women’s Liberation
• Medicalization of women and their discontent: Valium
• Biologically at risk of going crazy
• Pressures women are feeling about being perfect mothers—valium
introduced in 1963.
• Anxiety and in 1965 valium was the most prescribed drug in history
• The feminine mystic and Betty Freidan
• “the problem that has no name”
• National Organization for Women (NOW), 1966
III. Taking it to the Streets
• Critiqued NOW because it really focused on middle class white women –
but what about women who were of a different race, who didn’t know
their sexual freedoms, or trapped in poverty
• National organization for women
• You see splits in women’s movements at the time as well.
• The second class status – and as a result women’s problems start to be
addressed in left circles and a few right ones – though no one acts upon it.
• Freedom Trash
• Our bodies, ourselves
• Movement becomes more radicalized as they begin to address women’s
health and bodies.
• Gloria Stina – young journalist who goes undercover as a playboy bunny
• While it’s a bit scandalize, its given it a pass because it seems a bit
• Play Boy clubs
• “A bunni