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

Brothwell – LibraryThing What Fsludi loved most about this book was the characters. The backlash has always been with us and will always be with us. And what happens when you stand up to a bully? This is the only book that I’m willing to lend out. The important question to ask about the currect backlash, then, is not whether women are resisting, but how effectively.

I’m pretty biased to Faludi, so I can’t review this book objectively. It is most definitely lengthy, but I think each chapter can be read on its own and in no particular order. Refresh and try again. And at lunch time they would all group up in the lunchroom and watch a soap opera on the backlaash tv that they’d taped the day before.

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She claims bavklash has been co-opted by commercialism, and economic independence has become buying power; self-determination has become commodified self-improvement of “physical appearance, self-esteem and the fool’s errand of reclaiming one’s youth”; and public agency has been transformed to publicity xv. View all 6 comments. Jan 04, Trevor rated it really liked it Shelves: I enjoy her style, which is semi-academic, and I like the way she pulls up seemingly unrelated puzzle pieces from under the sofa, the shelf, the dog’s slobbery mouth and creates a jigsaw that makes the reader go, “Duh, now I get the big picture.

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 the workforce or are somehow warped by the workforce and are best off safely at home.

Everything from media to a gangbuster of gendered self-help products are indicted in this war. 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 My favorite thing about Susan Faludi is the strength and accuracy of her BS-o-meter.


This is a solid work of well-written, well-researched scholarship that drives home her undeniable theses that career women are not “suffering” for their pursuits and that there is a determined effort to create a public perception of how “dangerous” feminism has been fo I should note that I read the original version of this book.

That inspired me to haul Backlash out of my bags of books and finish reading what I started during x-mas vacation. She states that although there have been periodic attempts to reverse women’s gains, backlaah have resisted. This book is a document of how at least some women’s health, mental health, and even lives were compromised to keep them at home with children, away from birth control, away from jobs, especially those coveted by men. How much we still have left to do.

Using examples from all areas of public life, Faludi presents a picture of the erosion of women’s status. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

If sexualized girlhood isn’t about backlash, I don’t know what is. I need to buy an island. Open Preview See a Problem? One of the best feminist tomes of all time. She believes that her book started to attract the attention it did because women relegated to – and writing for – the arts and culture sections of journals and newspapers, frustrated with internal job discrimination and believing the book addressed the problem, helped to get initial coverage.

By now it can of course, in addition to its original validity, be read as a time document as well.

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Faludi states that the rate of abortion has not increased significantly over the past years, but that legalization has increased the safety of the women choosing the procedure. How about red talons on the ends of your fingers?

Feminist activists and politicans have done more in support of American families than their conservative counterparts in terms of legislation. Faludi shows that none of these are true. Throughout the eighties she wrote several articles on feminism and the apparent resistance to the movement. Backlash is Susan Faludi’s page analysis of social, economic and political inequities and resulting difficulties American women faced in the s.

Want to Read saving…. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Faludi has a brief update in the introduction, noting that the pay gap has lessened at least partly because men are being paid less; wage stagnation and even erosion is a boat we’re all in togetherbut reiterating that many of the issues of the s are still relevant.


Sometimes, it is perpetrated by small jabs, a mocking taludi and a cleverly placed ad–and because these are such small things, we do not pay attention to them unless they are listed in one volume.

It was printed in so it may not seem as relevent 20 yrs later but I assure you it is. I will go as far as to say that this is valudi book every liberal-minded girl and feminist-friendly or even feminist-unfriendly male should read. It is a pre-emptive strike that stops women long before they reach the finish line.

As Rebecca West wrote sardonically in”I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: This book made me angry, and also depressed me at times, because of the above statement.

This is a solid work of well-written, well-researched scholarship that drives home her undeniable theses that career women are not “suffering” for their pursuits and that there is a determined effort to create a public perception of how “dangerous” feminism has been for women and children. Reporting on trends such as ” cocooning fa,udi, “the new abstinence”, “the new femininity”, “the new morality ” and “the new celibacy ” pretended to be about facts while offering none.

For those who want faluddi know precisely what the war on women is, and how to overcome it, I highly recommend this book. So tell me, why do we? The backlash of the title refers to the reactions of politicians, the media and popular culture to women’s lib. Susan Faludi home books bio events contact.

And here, we arrive at all-out, bloody war—one that is still raging, pitting women against our own wombs, our own progeny.

At pages, it is not a quick or a light read, but it is well worth the effort. Nov 18, Pages. Preview — Backlash by Susan Faludi. Sep 28, Tabitha Cronenberg rated it it was amazing Shelves: