Discovering Sex

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So, gathering material over several years, she began to write a book that was to come out in 1963 not as The Togetherness Woman but as The Feminine Mystique . She was approaching forty as she began, but she was regenerated by the project; it seemed to give her her own life back. The result was a seminal book on what had happened to women in America. It started selling slowly, but word of it grew and grew, and eventually, with three million copies in print, it became a handbook for the new feminist movement that was coming together.