Book Review Backlash: The undeclared war against women was a nonfiction book published in by Susan Faludi. I picked this book because I thought it. An account of the ‘war’ against women, the insidiously manipulated political and cultural backlash against the hard-won equality and independence which. Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, and it shows. Backlash ( subtitled The Undeclared War Against American Women) is punchy.

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Eberstadt in “Wake Up, Little Susie. As I don’t live in America, I was not familiar with the multitude of anecdotes and evidence presented in the book, but unsurprisin As Rebecca West wrote sardonically in”I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: Let us never forget it.

One chapter 1 – The main premise of the book is that there are two overarching media messages regarding feminism’s gains for women since the s: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Yes, that’s right, the bully almost always backs down and sometimes even flees. Sadly, the “strong and independent woman” brand is used in a derisive manner all around me; and my female peers flee from the “accusation” of being feminists, who are portrayed as men-haters and vicious, selfish women.

She lives with fellow author Russ Rymer.

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As she interviews women like Faith Popcorn and Tony G Faludi takes us from the retro-reactionary scriptwriters in Hollywood mostly men! Backlash is a book that reaffirms history’s cyclical, repetitive nature. I am upset to find th This is a must read – a brilliant and upsetting account of feminism. While this book describes in depth the regressive trends in politics, pop culture, and many other arenas in the late 80’s that were oppressive and destructive towards women, it’s frightening to see how some things really haven’t changed very much at all since then.

Everything from media to a gangbuster of gendered self-help products are indicted in this war.

This was a year-long buddy read with Karin -thank you! Secondly, a number of unrelated examples of discrimination are portrayed as being part of a vast and conscious effort at working against women.

Sorry, comrades, the difference may just be that I’m from the conservative work world East Coast, but I can’t take some of you seriously, either.


Faludi has a brief update in the introduction, noting that the pay gap has lessened at least partly because men are being paid less; wage stagnation and even fwludi is a boat we’re all in togetherbut reiterating that many of the issues of the s are still relevant.

Brothwell – LibraryThing What I loved most about this book was the characters. The backlash of the title refers to the reactions of susann, the media and popular culture to women’s lib.

It’s true this book runs longer than most of its kind, but it’s engaging, exhaustively researched and reported, and well worth the time Backllash spent with it — which to be fair, wasn’t much since I more or less tore through it. Writing from a legal perspective, Rebecca Eisenberg faluei the Harvard Law Reviewsays of Faludi’s book that “[a]lthough written for the general public, Backlash can benefit the legal community as well.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Backlash is a classic of feminism, an alarm bell for women of every generation, reminding us of the dangers that we still face. May 25, MJ rated it it was amazing.

And here, we arrive at all-out, bloody war—one that is still raging, pitting women against our own wombs, our own progeny. My favorite thing about Susan Faludi is the strength and accuracy of her BS-o-meter. That it shouldn’t be a choice between 3″ and 4″ heels for court shoes and that “women in comfortable shoes” wouldn’t ssuan a veiled insult?

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This cultural narrative persisted despite statistics and market research. Faludi relies on a lot of 80’s media references to support her theory of backlash against the feminist movement of the ‘s. This is one of the most important books of feminism I’ve read, because, like The Beauty Myth: Seeing a pattern emerge, Faludi wrote Backlash, which was released in late Her thesis is that pop-culture of the 80s told women they had been liberated by the women’s movement of the last decade, but were now suffering faluid of the very gains made by women’s lib.

And it sussan me a deep understanding of the forces at work, socially and psychologically, when power dynamics change.


Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

I suggest reading my updates for quotes. Dec 31, Teresa Raetz rated it it was amazing.

In almost half of all homeless women were refugees of domestic violence. For the simple reason that I feel that someone else could have looked at the same time period and wrote the equally compelling book entitled: Susan Faludi does a great job in this book.

Gilder’s answer to women: And at lunch time they would all group up in the lunchroom and watch a soap opera on the lunchroom tv that they’d taped the day before. With passion and precision, Faludi shows in her new preface how the creators of commercial culture distort feminist concepts to sell products while selling women downstream, how the feminist ethic of economic independence is twisted into the consumer ethic of buying power, and how the feminist quest for self-determination is warped into a self-centered quest for self-improvement.

She traces the rise of the New Right and their attacks on feminists and the Equal Rights Amendmentand describes how some of the most politically active anti-feminist women of these organizations were actually benefiting from feminist ideas of self-determinationequality and freedom of choice No man will ever want her, and she will never want herself. Books by Susan Faludi. This is an exhaustive study of American attitudes toward feminism throughout history.

This is one of those books, like When Everything Changed, that allows you to place yourself in history: Twenty years ago, she wrote ” Why do American women face one of the worst gender-based pay gaps in the developed world? We’re revisiting the same old tired shite again and again, being told that feminism is over, that people are tired of hearing about it that we have equality, why are we still fighting?

Here’s one really scary example, where the threat of violence was actually used: It is a pre-emptive strike that stops women long before they reach the finishing line. Here, the stories of individual women loom large: