Judy Brady's "I Want a Wife" Analysis Essay

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In this essay Judy Brady dives into the seemingly undesirable disposition of being a wife in a society that didn't allow women to do much of anything when compared to the liberty women have in society today. Judy Brady, formerly known as Judy Syfers at the time of the papers first presentation in August of 1970, introduced a fresh look at the duties of a wife in the 1960's and 1970's outlining these duties in what one can surmise in three basic categories. Brady's main complaints seem to be keenly focused on opportunities in education, lavish friendships, and overall liberty, particularly relief from her motherly duties to enjoy the festivities of life from time to time at least.

The first point I would like to focus on is Brady's wish
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Though shocking to the readers of the era in which this canvas of emotion was masterfully crafted, Brady's words at the seat of emotion were really a cry for help and reconsideration coming from a woman who had seen other women broken, thrown out like yesterday' trash after being squeezed dry of every ounce one has to give, and seeing her own life playing out in this same fashion. As you continue to glide over the words in her story you will notice that there is a hint of what you might call justified jealousy. That is to say, she is growing more covetous of a good education and the social status it brings if one is allowed to simply dabble in the freedom leading to such for a little while. It is clear to see after a little observation that all Brady wants is to explore, and enjoy the grandeur of an accomplished professional in a world seemingly bursting with opportunities.

It is here then that we are able to dissect her longing for friendship in its proper context. Not just any friendship, but a friendship that one is able to relish in and enjoy to the furthest extent. As her words continue to flow, Brady begins to show contempt for the position men have selfishly held in society for so long, some even chuckling at the thought of a woman feeling this way. As she stood before a San Francisco crowd in 1970 to present this paper for the

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