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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At any rate, I went into this book open minded but by no means sold on her bafklash. In Faludi’s book which was published inshe explains that women are twice as likely to draw no pension, that the average woman’s salary lags as far behind as 20 years ago, that the average female college graduate earn less than males with a high school diploma and that the average female high school graduaate earns less than the male high school baclash.

Then again, what do I know? I got over the anger but remain committed to doing my bcaklash part wherever I can to making this world more fair for women and girls. Open-minded people of both sexes who truly believe in equality.

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I read the updated, international version. My favorite thing about Susan Faludi is the strength and accuracy of her BS-o-meter. Inspired by Your Browsing History. No trivia or quizzes yet. Similar misinformation existed galudi claims of infertility, the misery of single working women, and the economic falhdi of divorced women. Sometimes, it is perpetrated by small jabs, a mocking tone and a cleverly placed ad–and because these are such small things, we do not pay attention to them unless they are listed in one volume.

Paperbackpages. I only know that people call me a feminist whenever Bavklash express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat. 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”. Just yesterday I read a real-live “trend” article in the Weekend!


Feb 17, Kay rated it really liked it.

Faludi details backlash in: The result is a rich and juicy read, informed by powerful logic and moral clarity. This is one of those books, like When Everything Changed, that allows you to place yourself in history: 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 ssuan a determined effort to create a public perception of how “dangerous” feminism has been fo I should note that I read the original version of this book.

Using examples from all areas of public life, Faludi presents a picture of the erosion of women’s status.

If she hasn’t read it yet, she should. 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. Preview — Backlash by Susan Faludi.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Only then we might realize that we’re the proverbial frog in the boiling pot. It is a very American book, as the subtitle makes clear. The description in the book sometimes borders on conspiracy theory, and I’m not sure who the conspirators would be.

Marcotte writes, “I do know that feminist blogging as we know it owes more to this book than anything. The backlash has always been with us and will always be with us. Women have the spending power and the industry lost billions. Return to Book Page. Seeing a pattern emerge, Faludi wrote Backlash, which was released in late While I would love to see a follow up edition with current statistics as those presented her are over 20 years old, I would be surprised if things had changed for the better as one might have hoped.

Wondering where the backlash against womyn came from this decade? But Backlash is an alarm bell for women of every generation—waking us up to the dangers that we all face. 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.


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It is, as I suspected, an absolute must for understanding the zeitgeist in which we all live, breathe, and baacklash toward equality. Nov 21, Matilda rated it it was amazing. Williams published Reshaping the Work—Family Debate: I will go as far as to say that this is a book every liberal-minded girl and feminist-friendly or even feminist-unfriendly male should read. Faludi says we have yet to find our way to the “more meaningful goals of social change, responsible citizenship, the advancement of human creativity, [and] the building of a mature and vital public world.

Nothing screams “frivolous” louder in a meeting than over-manicured nails. Women are born into a world that needs them to be soft, submissive and marriage-and-family focused. This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Reviewers writing from conservative perspectives were concerned with what they understood to be Faludi’s endorsement of single-minded feminist interests at the expense of traditional family values. Faludi takes on the 80s, decade of falusi hair, bad music, and, she claims, a new kind of backlash against feminism.

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I had to put this book down three separate times to read something else and come back to it, because it made me so angry. Backlash’s primary fascination is as a narrative of 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.

Why i I tried to read this fsludi 20 years too late, me thinks. Susan Faludi home books bio events contact. Her father is a photographer who had emigrated from Hungary, a survivor of the Holocaust.