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Buzzfeed, ever the champion of feminism, gay pride, and probably gay feminists (not to mention fabulous quizzes and listicles that capture it more often than not), published in honor of, (I guess?) the anniversary of the publication of Betty Friedan’s “groundbreaking piece of feminist literature, ” The Feminine Mystique. (If there are still a dozen pretty big things that supposedly haven’t changed, was Friedan’s work really “groundbreaking”?)

1.) The Wage Gap

Whose fault is this? According to Buzzfeed:

In June 1963, President John F. Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into legislation and in January 2009, President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, both intended to level out the gender imbalance in salaries. But in 2014, women still only earn 77 cents for every dollar that a man makes.

So…the law forbids gender discrimination when it comes to wages. Either every employee in the United States is breaking the law, or most women are not assertive enough when it comes to demanding higher salaries. Or maybe the smart ones have figured out that if you do things right, all you need is some extra cash flow for a shoe allowance is roughly 77 percent of his salary.

2.) Limitations on reproductive rights

Yandoli writes:

Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, abortion is technically legal. But in the last three years over 50 abortion clinics in 27 states have closed down because of laws with intentionally heavy restrictions. These new pieces of legislation ultimately make it impossible for clinics to function.

3.) Household responsibilities

Apparently “domestic duties” are still considered “women’s work.” True. When was the last time you saw a commercial for a Swiffer Sweeper that featured a man?

Look, no one wants to clean the dishes and sweep the floors, but no one wants t0 find dried egg residue on the plate, or a multi-generational family of dust bunnies under the bed, either. Maybe the reason we’ve held onto these roles is because we’re just better at them. Someone has to do it, and if we made it a “man’s role, ” wouldn’t that be just as sexist? Give us credit where credit it due, feminists. Women have a better attention to detail and are superior multi-taskers. Or are we only allowed to admit when we best men in the office?

4.) Expectations around marriage:

The wedding industry in the Unites States accumulates a total of $72 billion a year, and there’s still a sense of pressure on young women to adopt this age-old tradition.

First of all, is “this age-old tradition” based around happiness, family, love, romance, and a really fun party, by chance? HOW DARE THOSE BRIDES!!! Also, props to the wedding industry for accumulating so much profit! Many of them are industrious entrepreneurs and cunning business owners. Lots of them, I’d be willing to bet, are also women.

5.) Women are also expected to have children when they’re young.

As opposed to…? I’m thinking this is stubborn old nature’s fault. Grasping at straws, anyone?

6.) But most companies don’t offer paid maternity leave.

Most companies don’t offer any maternity leave for men. So there. Also 3 months being paid for not working is a bit much to ask. Unless you’re Lois Lerner.

7.) Female CEOs are few and far between.

Maybe because women are spending time coming up with ridiculous false lists about feminism instead of brainstorming ways to topple men.

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