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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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One chapter 1 – The main premise of the book is that there fqludi two overarching media messages regarding feminism’s gains for women since the s: Paperbackpages. The backlash of the title refers to the reactions of politicians, the media and popular culture to women’s lib.

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If anything, it made me realize exactly how long those obnoxious anti-feminist trend stories have been around.

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 fzludi have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: She accuses Faludi of forgetting race as a statistical signifier, and also of failing to consider and connect sexism, race, and homophobia in her analysis.

This is one of the most important books of feminism I’ve read, because, like The Beauty Myth: I had to put it down for a while because I couldn’t handle it all in one dose. If you were a man, would you take someone seriously tottering around Wow, people used to think single women Feminists were ruining the world, when it’s really Soccer Moms emasculating male children and promoting lame, civilization-ending PC shit like teachers can’t use red ink to grade papers because it might hurt the kids’ feeeelllings.


What I loved most about this book was the characters. The misinformation became common knowledge, taken for granted—and the facts, which presented susqn very different picture one in which male, not female, anxiety took center stagewere not widely circulated.

Susan Faludi is an sudan investigative journalist. Published August 15th by Broadway Books first published She also describes sharply contracting opportunities for women in journalism, the retail industry, and skilled blue-collar jobs.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

Shops actually took suits off the shelves sjsan basic pants so you had no choice about what to buy. 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.

Certainly, they’re still conversations we’re having I’ve seen recent magazine articles and psychological briefs very similar to what Faludi describes, for example. Instead we should be screaming “I am a feminist!

And for God’s sake, stop talking about your damn purses. Faludi was inspired to write Backlash after investigating the statistics behind a Newsweek cover story that taludi on a Harvard-Yale study detailing the bleak marital prospects for single, educated career women.

Backlash by Susan Faludi

She observes an obnoxious husband and wife academic team and shows how they too behave against what they preach sharing the household chores. We’re revisiting the same old tired shite again and again, being told that feminism is over, that people are tired of hearing about susa that we have equality, why are we still fighting? I read it when it was first published in and 24 years later, this book is still sadly relevant. The Backlash clearly exists.

Faludi builds her nonfiction book to a climax: How about red talons on the ends of your bwcklash

Read this book and your eyes will be opened to the myriad and multit One of the best feminist tomes of all time. The road to equality in work is paved with the blood, sweat, sussan tears of women like Ms.


Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women

Sometimes Faludi relies too heavily on anecdotes, particularly in the media section, but the scope of the book is immense and descriptive, covering everything from “pink collar jobs” and the social and sometimes legal difficulty of breaking into better paid “men’s work” to women in politics, both as participants and as a subject. This book made me angry, and also depressed me at times, because of the above statement.

All in all, it was a worthy backlas, and I recommend it to everyone! It explores the 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. Women are born into a world that needs them to be soft, submissive and marriage-and-family focused. Sep 14, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: Nothing screams “frivolous” louder in a meeting than over-manicured nails.

It was a book that came along just as I was figuring out my place in the world – as a woman. Let’s think before we criticise someone’s appearance next.

Faludi was spot on with her observations of how the media and other forces push back against any and I mean, any moves for women to gain equality. This book is a document of how at least some women’s health, mental health, and even lives were compromised to keep them at home with children, away from birth control, away from jobs, especially those coveted by men.