Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
Skillfully Probing the Attack on Women’s Rights
“Opting-out,” “security moms,” “desperate housewives,” “the new baby fever”—the 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, Faludi’s words today seem prophetic. The media still love stories about stay-at-home moms and the “dangers” of women’s 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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Review: Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American WomenUser Review - Ginmar - Goodreads
This is one of those books that serves as an MRA detector. Impeccable research, piles of evidence, impossible to argue with. If anybody tries to "Devil's Advocate" about this book, they're not worth the oxygen you'll have to use to tell them they're self indulgent shits. Read full review
Review: Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American WomenUser Review - Stacy - Goodreads
I tried reading it 20 yrs too late. Recommended several times as "foundational" during women's history month, but too dated for me to really sink my teeth into. Read full review