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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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Why do more than half of boards of Fortune companies still lack even 1 female member?

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women – Susan Faludi – Google Books

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. 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. What is regrettable to me is we don’t yet see what it is we have done, how badly we are needed, how we really do have tools for changing our own future in our own hands.

Women are born into a world that needs them to be soft, submissive and marriage-and-family focused. The Undeclared War Against Women.

Faludi argues that the backlash uses a strategy of “blaming the victim”, by suggesting that the women’s liberation movement itself is the cause of many of the problems alleged to be plaguing women in the late s. Views Read Edit View history. 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 Have girls out perform boys in STEM subjects in school but be actively discouraged from a career in these disciplines Have a majority of doctors female but still imagery for young girls is that bcaklash nurses, and rejection of male nursing.

Marcotte writes, “I do know that feminist blogging as we know it owes more to this book than anything.


Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

In a review of Backlash for the journal The NationGayle Greene discusses Faludi’s documenting of factory closures, the move to a service oriented economy and the millions of lost jobs for blue-collar workers.

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 I spent with it — which to be fair, wasn’t much since I more or backlaeh tore through it.

Faludi discusses the New Right’s intention to “turn the clock back to ” and their articulation of the idea that women’s equality is responsible for women’s unhappiness Feminism in the United States. 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. She is the author of Backlash: This book looks at some of the backlashes and shines a torch on them and asks why we put up with it.

Backlash, by Susan Faludi

Her description of Fatal Attraction ought to be made compulsory reading. Although at first one might wonder why the book spends so much time on popular culture “aren’t there more important issues that feminists need to tackle?

Faludi believes that although there is no longer a backlash, this may not be a good thing. Faludi presents counter-evidence to several media myths which include: Only then we might realize that eusan the proverbial frog in the boiling pot.

Responding to criticism of the book’s details, choice and use of data, Gibbs quotes “The big picture is there, and the big picture is accurate” in her defense of Backlash’ s ambitious scope and mass of information. I enjoy her style, which is semi-academic, and I like the way she pulls up seemingly unrelated puzzle pieces from under the sofa, the shelf, the dog’s slobbery mouth and creates a jigsaw that makes the reader go, “Duh, now I get the big picture.

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.


Read this book and your eyes will be opened to the myriad and multit One of the best feminist tomes of all time. May 07, andrea rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Faludi details backlash in: Apr 27, Petrop37 rated it it was amazing. Faludi relies on a lot of 80’s media references to support her theory of backlash against the feminist movement of the ‘s.

It tapped into things I was thinking and I think helped shape some of my views.

It’s an easy read, and would be quick if it wasn’t pages long! If you were a man, would you take someone seriously tottering around on spiky, pinchy-toed shoes? Faludi describes in forensic detail the mechanisms of the backlash against women: By the end of the decade, one survey found, the National Organization for Women NOW were the political body the majority of women felt represented their interests best – better than either the Republican or the Democratic parties.

Excellent backlahs, but far from light.

This is one of those books, like When Everything Changed, that allows you to place yourself in history: You know that oft-quoted adage that a woman is more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to get married after 40? The backlash of the title refers to the reactions of politicians, the media and popular culture to women’s lib.

It is a pre-emptive strike that stops women long before they reach the finishing line.

Aug 15, Pages. Have inequity in wages Have poor representation in TV and film and if we speak out less than men in debates w You look at this book, my edition was published in and you kinda ask what backlah there is to this book, I mean it’s over 20 years old, yeah, and we’ve learned nothing.