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Suppression of Women through Isolation in The Feminine Mystique,Radicalesbians, and Trifles It is far simpler to break the spirit of a single human being than that of a united group of individuals. Betty Friedan's "The Feminine Mystique", "Radicalesbians", and Susan Glaspell's "Trifles" come to the same conclusion: isolation and separation caused women to be vulnerable to domination by society. Social stigmatization by guys, an inability to describe the situation, and a deficiency of personal identity kept women besides one another. A fear of social stigma was one factor that kept girls from supporting each other. In "The Feminine Mystique", Betty Friedan discusses how American housewives went about their everyday lives "afraid to ask even of herself the silent question -- 'Is that all?'" Girls were advised that family, a husband, and kids would bring them satisfaction and if it didn't, they were afraid to admit that they weren't pleased. Freidan's white, middle-class housewives were fearful of living outside the female ideal they'd grown up heari...