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Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women | Susan Faludi
Skillfully Probing the Attack on Womens Rights Opting-out, security moms, desperate housewives, the new baby feverthe trend stories of 2006 leave no doubt that American women are still being barraged by the same backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly exposed in her 1991 bestselling book of revelations. Now, the book that reignited the feminist movement is back in a fifteenth anniversary edition, with a new preface by the author that brings backlash consciousness up to date. 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. These willfully fictitious media campaigns added up to an antifeminist backlash. Whatever progress feminism has recently made, Faludis words today seem prophetic. The media still love stories about stay-at-home moms and the dangers of womens career ambitions; the glass ceiling is still low; women are still punished for wanting to succeed; basic reproductive rights are still hanging by a thread. The backlash clearly exists. 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. Backlash is a classic of feminism, an alarm bell for women of every generation, reminding us of the dangers that we still face. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Disillusionment is just a start. Being disappointed is not same as being defeated.

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TheBookStacker
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Here goes nothing... #feministlit

Lcsmcat I read this when it first came out (during the Regan administration) and it made me angry then! 1y
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Today I took a day trip to Concord, the most literary of New England towns, and then stopped by Harvard Book Store where I snagged this for $3. Fourth of July win! 🙌

mdhughes72 A classic. 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders I used this book sooooo much way back when in my undergrad papers!! 😁😁 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Is anyone else having flashbacks to Bush v Gore and Nader? I feel old tonight, and stressed 😩

Please don't let this go on and drag out for days... Please...

And yes @lemonlime799 #overthis!

BarbaraTheBibliophage I think we will have recounts in at least 3-4 states. #neverending 3y
BookishFeminist I am too. 3y
becausetrains @BarbaraTheBibliophage I actually hope we do, as bad as it sounds. 3y
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JSW I just referenced this to a younger friend. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @becausetrains If HRC is really the fighter she claims to be, she should pursue it. Despite how much I hate the idea that this won't be over. 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage I actually am beginning to think all his calls that the election is Rigged was a red herring. She said she'd accept the results, and right now that has set her up to have to accept the results..... maybe it was rigged all along, but in his favor. (Yes, first conspiracy theory of the night is born) 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @JSW I've been referencing this a lot the past few weeks, especially to my friends voting 3rd party this year. 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @JSW @Riveted_Reader_Melissa We have some family that voted third party. In every state I see it super close, those votes could have taken her over the line. They refused to listen! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Maybe it is a big conspiracy. But unless she fights, or we rise up in revolution it feels so lost. 3y
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“All of women‘s aspirations – whether for education, work or any form of self-determination – ultimately rest on their ability to decide whether and when to bear children.”

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The "feminine" woman is forever static and childlike. She is like the ballerina in an old-fashioned music box, her unchanging features tiny and girlish, her voice tinkly, her body stuck on a pin, rotating in a spiral that will never grow

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The "feminine" woman is forever static and childlike. She is like the ballerina in an old-fashioned music box, her unchanging features tiny and girlish, her voice tinkly, her body stuck on a pin, rotating in a spiral that will never grow