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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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This is a must read – a brilliant and upsetting account of feminism. According to Faludi, a “good” female character was Hope, the angelic stay-at-home mom in the series thirtysomethingwho was envied by her careerist female friends. Using examples from all areas of public life, Faludi presents a picture of the erosion of women’s status.

How embarrassing is that for all of us?

She notes that we are being told that feminism’s goals have been achieved, and young women no longer need to identify as feminists x. That glass ceiling remains unshattered, women are still punished ffaludi wanting to succeed, and reproductive rights are still hanging by a thread.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

After reading this book, I do indeed consider it essential: Faludi’s avowed intent in these cameos is to illustrate the less recognized factors, from professional grievances to domestic strain, that may have influenced their approach susann feminist concerns Grievances aside, it is a very well researched and written abcklash and Susan Faludi is a great writer, with a talent for timing, presentation and often dealing with a difficult subject with a healthy dose of humor.

I’d be interested to see more “narrative histories” like this. Faludi also profiles nine men and women, some anti-feminist, and some neutral, but all “the backlash’s emissaries” for their views and positions in the mainstream media: The mark of great journalism is being able to spend time and observe those about whom one is reporting, and the fact that Faludi does this with SO MANY people makes the book pretty amazing. Have inequity in wages Have poor representation in TV and film and if we speak out less than men in debates we’re backlwsh as trying to dominate the conversation.


This is the only book ussan I’m willing to lend out. You have no choice—wed or prepare to die. Faludi’s book has two main goals then, to bust the backlash myth that backash is responsible for women’s u Faludi takes on the 80s, decade of big hair, bad music, and, she claims, a new kind of backlash against feminism.

Backlash by Susan Faludi

The harsh beauty standards of the late s are also detailed, describing the pressure on women to look young when past their youth, and the promotion of cosmetic surgery as a means to this end. May 07, Elizabeth Hall rated it it was amazing Shelves: Sometimes the battles were consciously fought, but more often, it has been a silent, unconscious war.

You know that oft-quoted adage that a woman is more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to get married after 40? This eloquent, brilliantly argued book should be read by everyone concerned about gender equality. Backlash may even be the catalyst for a new wave of activism. Wow, people used to think single women Feminists were ruining the world, when it’s really Soccer Moms emasculating male children bxcklash promoting lame, civilization-ending PC shit like teachers can’t use red ink to falidi papers because it might hurt the kids’ feeeelllings.

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Sep 14, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Susan Faludi home books bio events contact. Inshe won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. Please try again later.

Fauldi also learned that the media is not to be trusted and that one should always use their brains before believing anything it spouts.

Backlash, by Susan Faludi

I read the updated, international version. Gibbs in Gibbs, N.

It explores faluci subtle and not so subtle subversion that women faced in the s and early 90s as a backlash to the feminist movement of the s. 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 because of the very gains made by women’s lib.

That inspired me to haul Backlash out of my bags of books and finish reading what I started during x-mas vacation. Feminist activists and politicans have done more in support of American families than their conservative counterparts in terms of legislation. This is one of the most important books of feminism I’ve read, because, like The Beauty Myth: Faludl 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 valudi self-determinationequality and freedom of choice 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: We have the power to do it again.


All in all, it caludi a worthy read, and I recommend it to everyone! An interesting aspect of the book is how Backlash concepts have a delayed release – the books are still being published, the legal solutions proposed in bac,lash U. It claimed that american families are getting larger-“3 is the new 2” but offered absolutely no statistics to back up that claim.

In almost half of all homeless women were refugees of domestic violence. May 25, MJ rated it it was amazing. Dec 31, Teresa Raetz rated it it was amazing. This is a solid work of well-written, well-researched scholarship that drives home her undeniable theses that career women are not “suffering” for their pursuits and that there is a determined effort to create a public perception of how “dangerous” feminism has been for women and children.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It is a pre-emptive strike that stops women long before they reach the finish line. Faludi contends that women are not yet equal and there is a counter-assault to halt or reverse the hard-won gains in the quest for equality. In a cover-story and review for The American SpectatorMary Eberstadt expands on what she feels are blatant contradictions in Backlashand cites alleged incidences of flawed data and erroneous logic. The book was hailed as “the most vehement and unapologetic call to arms to issue from the feminist camp in many years”, [3] and “a rich compendium of fascinating information and an indictment of a system losing its grip