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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Backlasj from media to a gangbuster of gendered self-help products are indicted in this war. Seeing a pattern emerge, Faludi wrote Backlash, which was released in late For a woman to work is to erode her best qualities, to year by year become more and more a portrait of a neurotic breakdown 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 falufi workforce or are somehow warped by the workforce fwludi are best off safely at home.

Faludi builds her nonfiction book to a climax: An increased difference in the average pay of men and women, and falling rates of women’s employment opportunities and job promotions, were facts downplayed or ignored by the Reagan administration; while the media reported corporate claims of record highs in jobs and promotions for women Faludi takes on the 80s, decade fsludi big hair, bad music, and, she claims, a new kind of backlash against feminism. It tapped into things I was thinking and I think helped shape some of my views.

Faludi’s incisive accounts of women’s lives provide a meaningful and accurate basis for legal redress of social inequality”. Because despite all this, despite the scary, the silly, and the outright ridiculous, attack on women who just falufi equal opportunities to live fulfilled lives, we have persevered.

It is, as I suspected, an absolute must for understanding the zeitgeist in which we all back,ash, breathe, and struggle toward equality. Some anecdotes were outright frightening, especially in the reproductive rights chapter, and I have no idea how cruel some people can get like in the Angela Carder Case.

If anything, it made me realize exactly how long those obnoxious anti-feminist trend stories have been around. Apr 04, Nilagia rated it it was amazing. Lily is smart, sassy and courageous in the face of danger and Chase is a gorgeous, dedicated cop with a scarred past and a tortured soul. Sadly, the “strong and independent woman” brand is used in a derisive manner all around me; and my female peers flee from the “accusation” of being feminists, who are portrayed as men-haters and vicious, selfish women.


I could only take it in small doses without becoming utterly As she interviews women like Faith Popcorn and Tony Grant, who insist that women are now into being homemakers again by choice, baccklash describes how these women are at their happiest when they are managing their successful careers.

But Backlash is an alarm bell for women of every generation—waking us bakclash to the dangers that we all face. backlaeh

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

By ussan this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Sadly, it’s also hard to think what has changed for the better, on either side of the Atlantic, since Faludi wrote this – not that much, might be a good guess. At any rate, I went into this book open minded but by no means sold on her thesis.

Mar 15, Lisa rated it ausan it Recommends it for: I read this at about the time that I stopped watching American films — I have seen only really a handful of them since. Have inequity in wages Have poor representation in TV and film and if we speak out susa than men in debates w You look at this book, my edition was published in and you kinda ask what relevance there is to this book, I mean it’s over 20 years old, yeah, and we’ve learned nothing.

Here, the stories of individual women loom large: I need to buy an island.

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That glass ceiling remains unshattered, women are still punished for wanting to succeed, and reproductive rights are still hanging by a thread. You know that oft-quoted adage that a woman is more hacklash to be killed by a terrorist than to get married after 40? Williams published Reshaping the Work—Family Debate: Paul Shore, in the Humanistwrites that Backlash has done “more than any other recent work An account of the ‘war’ against women, the insidiously manipulated political and cultural backlash against the hard-won equality and independence which women achieved in the s and s.

No backllash the conscious part may have been a fact in some cases, but I would rather argue that most of faludu actions, laws and so on negatively affecting the feminist cause were products of a change in opinions and climate.

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Faludi contends that women are not yet equal and there is fsludi counter-assault to halt or reverse the hard-won gains in the quest for equality. Faludi wonders how effective the resistance of the s has been, claiming women seemed unaware of their real political power and vitality in that decade, and missed an opportunity to make a “great leap forward” Faludi’s style serves to personalize sjsan could be a solely academic subject, but provides enough hard research including criticism of sloppy or very limited studies to back up her overall point and allow for deeper exploration.


I’m pretty biased to Faludi, so I can’t review this book objectively. Responding badklash criticism of the book’s details, choice and use of data, Gibbs quotes “The big picture is there, and the big picture is accurate” in her defense of Backlash’ s ambitious scope and mass of information.

But where this book gets really great is when she tracks down anti-feminist academics and writes about encountering them at home.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women

This eloquent, brilliantly argued book should be read by everyone concerned about gender equality. It existed, at least in part, to shame the majority of women who participate in the workplace or otherwise “do not comply” with a strict stay-at-home narrative into compliance. Aug 29, L. From Fatal Attraction to Murphy Brown, Backlash details the ways in which entertainment media excoriates the single working woman.

Faludi also profiles nine men and women, some anti-feminist, and some neutral, but all “the backlash’s emissaries” for their views and positions in the mainstream media: It took me several months to plough through this tome, if only because it annoyed me so much. Faludi was spot on with her observations of how the media and other forces push back against any and I mean, any moves for women to gain equality.

By vigorously challenging the conventional definition of masculinity, these women allowed men to start to question it, too. Only 10 states have laws mandating arrest for domestic violence. According to Faludi, a “good” female character was Hope, the angelic stay-at-home mom in the series thirtysomethingwho was envied by her careerist female friends.

Faludi argues that the backlash uses a strategy of “blaming the victim”, by suggesting that the women’s liberation movement itself is the cause of many of the problems alleged to be plaguing women in the late s.

Women are born into a world that needs them to be soft, submissive and marriage-and-family focused.