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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Backlash subtitled The Undeclared War Against American Women is punchy, well-written, well researched, convincing, thought-provoking and, in parts, very funny. Each was prolific in examples of how women’s progress was being impeded and slowed down by insecure men for a variety of reasons, chief of which their fear of being “emasculated”.

She says “Faludi’s analysis accounts for not only anti-feminism but for the resurgence of racism and explains why the most virulent expressions of both have tended to come from those hurting from social and economic dislocation.

As she points out, it is a strange world in which we live where The Accused, a film that concludes that rape is wrong, can seriously be passed off as “a daring feminist statement”.

Jul 08, Kaethe rated it it was amazing Shelves: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Womenit addresses how disparate people with disparate motivations create oppression. When it was first published, Backlash made headlines for puncturing such favorite media myths as the “infertility epidemic” and the “man shortage,” myths that defied statistical realities.

And indeed it should have been—this book demonstrates the ways in which culture news and entertainment media, fashion, politics, and popular psychology has push So I just read Backlash: Faludi describes ‘trend journalism” of the s, where newspaper articles gained authority through repetition rather than evidence-based reporting Faludi’s book has two main goals then, to bust the backlash myth that feminism 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.

In fact, many feminists began to publish works that recanted or revised their former statements about women and equality.

She is the author of Backlash: From Fatal Attraction to Murphy Brown, Backlash details the ways in which entertainment media excoriates the single working woman. Nov 21, Matilda rated it it was amazing. 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.


Gender Women Susan Faludi. Looking for More Great Reads? She charts the increase in the rights of the fetus and decline in the rights of the mother through the s and s, and describes how at least fifteen of America’s largest corporations drafted ” fetal protection policies “, which effectively excluded women, pregnant or not, from higher paying jobs that involved exposure to chemicals or radiation My next favorite thing is her brilliant writing.

Have inequity in wages Have poor representation in TV and film and if we speak out less than men in debates we’re perceived as trying to dominate the conversation. All the execs pushing this look were wearing basic bras and work suits, however.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Inshe won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism. She shows that the same media reporting of adverse effects was present in each of these eras, as well as the same pressure to reverse women’s gains. She also has an eye for anti-abortion activist Randall Terry kicking his feet up after starting the lawn mower for his wife.

For a woman to work is to erode her best qualities, to year by year become more and more a portrait of a neurotic breakdown Backlash’s primary fascination is as a narrative eusan a narrative; the story spun in the s and early 90s in a thousand ways, implicit and explicit, that women are unhappy in the workforce or are somehow warped by the workforce and are best off safely at home.

Eberstadt in “Wake Up, Little Susie. Faludi’s style serves to personalize what could be a solely academic subject, but provides enough hard research including criticism of sloppy or very limited studies to back up her overall point and allow for deeper exploration.

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The pay gap was worsening, and the few inroads women had made, both in the white-collar and blue-collar workforces, were under consistent attack. 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 Diane Joyce fought for seventeen years before she could become the first skilled female crafts worker in Santa Clara, California.


Susan Faludi does a great job in this book. In building susxn case for a backlash against feminism and women’s lib, it is a lot of hits and a few misses in the book. May 29, Sheree Wood rated baacklash it was amazing Shelves: The road backlassh equality in work is paved with the blood, sweat, and tears of women like Ms.

Because despite all this, despite the scary, the silly, and the outright ridiculous, attack on women who just wanted equal opportunities to live fulfilled lives, we have persevered.

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? Faludi shows that none of these are true.

You know that oft-quoted adage that a woman is more likely to be killed by a terrorist than to get married after 40?

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If sexualized girlhood isn’t about backlash, I don’t know what is. To put this in perspective, I was born inand this book was published in It stands as the most introspective book on feminism since “Against Our Will”. I had to put this book down three separate times to read something else and daludi back to it, because it made me so angry. I’d be interested to see more faljdi histories” like this.

Faludi wonders how effective the resistance of the s has been, claiming women seemed unaware of their real political power and vitality in that decade, and missed an opportunity to make a “great leap forward” Actually, the whole book should be and come the revolution it will be. Sep 14, Chris rated it really liked it Shelves: