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Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women Paperback – Unabridged, August 15, 2006
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It is the layer upon layer of real anecdotes that is a major strength of this book. Consider: "Joel Steinberg's attorney claimed that the notorious batterer and child beater had been destroyed by `hysterical feminists.' And even errant Colonel Oliver North blamed his legal troubles in the Iran-Contra affair on "an arrogant army of ultramilitant feminists." One of the intellectual architects of the backlash is a philosophy professor, Michael Levin, and in his book, said: "...I would no more pander to the reader by straining to praise rape crisis centers than I would strain to praise the punctuality of trains under Mussolini were I discussing fascism.Read more ›
It's been quite a few years since I first came to "Backlash", & back then, I remember that it had made a strong impression on me. It turns out that it was a lasting impression, since, reading parts of the book again now, I see that there are points that have stuck with me & formed parts of arguments I myself use sometimes in conversations! The book is not dated, in my opinion, even though it was written in the 80s. Also, the book may be specifically addressing US society, but the basic arguments apply to European countries, as well.
The basic premise of the book you probably know, so I'll just briefly say that it has to do with the backlash that has risen against feminism & its achievements. You could state it like this: Feminism takes 1 step forward & then gets forced to take 1 step back. After reading "Backlash" the first time around, I remember thinking how clear & logical (& true to my experience here in Greece) is Susan Faludi's argument. Lots of people (mostly men, but women too) are threatened by womens' advancements. So they chose the easy way out: they deride feminism, laugh at "lesbian / ugly / man-hating" etc etc feminists & fail to see that feminism is nothing more than the wish for equality between the sexes: not sameness. But equality.
Susan Faludi painstakingly finds evidence that supports her basic argument, & presents loads & loads of research & interviews to prove her point.Read more ›
Many people here (who may or may not have actually read this book) say that Faludi's book is full of man-bashing diatribe. Actually, though, Faludi focuses more on the relationship between men and women in society, and the main problem with men in general she has is the idea of masculinity which requires domination and superiority in the workplace and home to feel secure. No one should feel that their gender identity is being taken away from them just because the other gender wants to participate in the same activites.
Another good point she makes is the double-standard of views on marraige, children, and careers. While women are told that they must get married and have children or else they are a "failure," and once these children are born they must sacrifice their careers and independence, it is viewed as desirable for men to be away from their children all day, and men's time unmarried and childless is "the good life."
Whether you are sympathetic to feminism or think it's dangerous, you should read this era-defining book.
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Susan Charlotte Faludi (born 1959) is a journalist and author, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1991. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Steven H Propp
A very long rambling diatribe against all "enemies" eg anyone who doesn't toe the feminazi line. The author is full of hate towards an entire half of our population. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I can't recommend this highly enough. It has all the qualities you would want in a book:
1) a writing style that conveys intellectual ideas simply and concisely,
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It's a little dated, but still a worthwhile read about the backlash against feminism - of which we can see another wave now as women make more and more inroads into the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I READ THIS BOOK MANY MANY YEARS AGO AND IT IS AS STILL IMPORTANT A READ ESPECIALLY FOR YOUNG WOMEN OF THIS GENERATIONPublished 16 months ago by JustGeri