Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

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Crown/Archetype, Nov 18, 2009 - Social Science - 592 pages
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From the author of In the Darkroom, a feminist classic and skillful examination of the attack on women’s rights.

Today’s political climate leaves no doubt that American women are still being assaulted by the same antifeminist backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly exposed in her 1991 bestseller. When it was first published, Backlash made headlines for puncturing popular media myths like the “infertility epidemic” and the “man shortage.” The statistic-defying, willfully fictitious coverage, Faludi pointed out, contributed to an anti-woman backlash. The fifteenth anniversary edition, with an updated preface by the author, brings backlash consciousness into the 21st century.

Faludi’s words seem especially prophetic in post-Trump America. That glass ceiling remains unshattered, women are still punished for wanting to succeed, and reproductive rights are still hanging by a thread. But Backlash is an alarm bell for women of every generation—waking us up to the dangers that we all face.
 

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Contents

Blame It on Feminism
1
Backlashes Then and Now
61
The Fashion Backlash
181
Beauty and the Backlash
211
PART THREE
239
From Neocons to Neofems
293
PART FOUR
343
Epilogue
461
Notes
467
Acknowledgments
563
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About the author (2009)

A former Wall Street Journal reporter, Susan Faludi won the Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for explanatory journalism and the National Book Critics’ Circle award for Backlash. She is the author of Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, which was published in 1999, and has written for many publications, including The New Yorker, The Nation, Newsweek, and the New York Times.


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