Essay I Want A Wife Judy Brady

It was reproduced in Notes from the Third Year (1971), an important anthology of feminist works edited by New York activists Anne Koedt and Shulamith Firestone.It also featured in the preview issue of the popular feminist magazine, Ms., which sold out in eight days after it was released on 20 December 1971.Filled with personal anecdotes of juggling three kids and a career many would envy, the book is witty, heartfelt and informed by the latest research.

She set her sights not only on the invisibility of housework and childcare, but on the emotional and sexual labour of wives.She jokingly suggested that what was needed was a “wife quota”.When my partner sent me a link to her column, I was more than pleased.I Want a Wife was a cutting piece of satire and the depiction of men was far from flattering.Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that Syfers’ piece has been since overlooked.Of all the articles in the original edition of Ms., it was “the piece that spoke to me”, Mc Carthy explained.Writing in October this year, Mc Carthy found Crabb’s book “as loveable” as Syfers’ article, if “eerily scary that so little and yet so much has changed”.Was he volunteering to be one of those men who would help fill the shortage?As a historian of 1970s feminism, I was also somewhat bemused.If, like me, she was slightly perturbed that Syfers’ article seems to have been forgotten, she didn’t say so.To set the record straight, this is what Syfers had to say in 1971.

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