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This paper is about ideas, values and attitudes in the turbulent times of the 1960s. It brings into conversation the feminist Betty Friedan and Pope John XIII in critiquing contemporary academic disciplines as well as authority, feminism, marriage, relationships between men and women, motherhood, the family, sexuality, and human dignity. It juxtaposes a secular and a Catholic tradition. Though the literary devise of the dinner party is used to facilitate the participants speaking in their own words and to highlight their humanity, this essay is essentially an academic exercise. It is designed to challenge readers to reconsider popular perceptions of feminism and the papacy in general and Betty Friedan and Pope John XXIII in particular.


School of Theology

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