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, by Susan Faludi

I love the analysis she provides of tv and film. Faludi quotes a New Right minister: Apr 27, Petrop37 rated it it was amazing. If sexualized girlhood isn’t about backlash, I don’t know what is. Trend stories contradicted each other, and served a political agenda by implying women’s experiences had nothing to do with political events or social pressures Women have the spending power and the industry lost billions.

Faludi contends that women are not yet equal and there is a counter-assault to halt or reverse the hard-won gains in the quest for equality. The backlash backlazh exists. Backlash is a book that reaffirms history’s cyclical, repetitive nature.

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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.

Actually, the whole book should be and come the revolution it will be. Aug 15, Pages. She lives with fellow author Russ Rymer. Return to Book Page.

At pages, it is not a quick or a light read, but it is well worth the effort. It is, as I suspected, an absolute must for understanding the zeitgeist in which we all live, breathe, and struggle toward equality. The statistics were in error and did not reflect the reality, so Faludi began to examine other sensationalized stories about women that were being promoted by sisan media. Faludi puts it is so succinctly: From Fatal Attraction to Murphy Brown, Backlash details the ways in which entertainment media excoriates the single working woman.


Sometimes the battles faaludi consciously fought, but more often, it has been a silent, unconscious war. The description in the book sometimes borders on conspiracy theory, and I’m not sure who the conspirators would be. We have the power to do it again. There was also their fear of their jobs being taken over by women. I read the updated, international version.

Faludi relies on a lot of 80’s media references to support her theory of backlash against the feminist movement of the ‘s. I also learned that the media is not to be trusted and that one should always use their brains before believing anything it spouts.

Using examples from all areas of bcaklash life, Faludi presents a picture of the erosion of women’s status. As Rebecca West wrote sardonically inbqcklash myself have never been able to find out precisely baclash feminism is: If I ever meet Susan Faludi, I will definitely thank her!

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women

Secondly, a number of un So this very well known book actually got 20 years old before I got around to reading it. She also describes sharply contracting opportunities for women in journalism, the retail industry, and skilled blue-collar jobs.

Now at age 40 I’d like to read it again to see if it still applies. Writing from a legal perspective, Rebecca Eisenberg of the Harvard Law Reviewsays of Faludi’s book that “[a]lthough written for the general public, Backlash can benefit the legal community as well. It tapped into things I was thinking and I think helped shape some of my views. In a cover-story and review for The American SpectatorMary Eberstadt expands on what she feels are blatant contradictions in Backlashand cites alleged incidences of flawed data and erroneous logic.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. You look at this book, my edition was published in and you kinda ask what relevance there is to this book, I susa it’s over 20 years old, yeah, and we’ve learned nothing.

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Backlash by Susan Faludi

Backlash is a classic of feminism, an alarm bell for women of every generation, reminding us of the dangers that we still face. Faludi also identifies backlash as an historical trend, recurring when women have made substantial gains in their efforts to obtain equal rights.

Aug 15, Pages Buy. Nov 21, Matilda rated it it was amazing. In fact, many feminists began to publish works that recanted or revised their former statements about women and equality. Faludi takes on the 80s, decade of big hair, bad music, and, she claims, a new kind of backlash against feminism. Secondly, a number of unrelated examples of discrimination are portrayed as being part of a vast and conscious effort at working against women.

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Faludi describes in forensic detail the mechanisms of the backlash against faldui No trivia or quizzes yet. This book is comprehensive—I have only been able to give you a sampling here. The misses are comprised by making the classical error of applying statistics based on a huge number of people on a single anecdotal example on a number of occasions. Dec 21, Elaine rated it it was amazing Shelves: