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Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women Kindle Edition

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“I didn't know what I didn't know about the 2008 election until reading Rebecca Traister’s smart, entertaining take on it. Well-researched, well-written, provocative, and insightful, BGDC is a high-spirited salute to feminism in its many forms.” —Curtis Sittenfeld, author of American Wife

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Rebecca Traister, a staff writer for Salon.com, has written for a range of national publications, including Elle, the New York Times, Vogue, and the Nation.

Actress Kirsten Potter has performed on stage, film, and television, including roles on Medium, Bones, and Judging Amy. Her narrations have won AudioFile Earphones Awards, and she earned an Audie nomination for her reading of Rise Again by Ben Tripp.

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Stone on September 14, 2010
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For those of us who were actively involved in the 2008 election, this book is a must read. One may not agree with Ms Traister's take on it but will marvel at her wit and unique insight, especially when speaking of the immense pressure felt uniquely by woman. As someone who is still fairly "bitter" about what happened to the first extraordinarily qualified woman to run for President, I laughed, cried and fumed as I turned the page. From "You're nice enough" to a "thrill running up my leg" comments and the inept Clinton campaign management, my personal memories were jarred and reawakened reminding me that perhaps we haven't come that long a way baby.
As one who was forever changed by the election, I look forward to the discussion which should be started by this book. Unfortunately, as a woman, this book by Rebecca Traister might not receive the same hoopla by the media that accompanied "Game Change" as I fear- we really haven't come that long a way-hope I'm wrong on this one.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By takingadayoff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 17, 2010
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Presidential campaigns have always been one part spectator sport and one part democracy in action. Participate if you want, but don't expect anything to change. But 2008 took more out of us than previous campaigns. It was exhausting on a whole new level. Even the stoics among us were in such a weakened condition by election day that we were all crying, with joy that America had elected a black president, with frustration that so many things had been said and done that could never be taken back, with relief that the marathon was over.

Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment, but I have already read a couple of the behind-the-scenes accounts of the election (Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, Renegade: The Making of a President), which were interesting, but ultimately forgettable. Reading Big Girls Don't Cry brought back the most infuriating moments of the year leading up to the election. This isn't the just story of the candidates, it's the story of how the 2008 campaign brought out the still-raw feelings of the women's movement. It's about how on one hand, women are more influential and powerful than we have ever been, but on the other hand, women hold only about 17% of the seats in the House and Senate.

Rebecca Traister recounts that many of her thirty-ish friends who assumed their lefty boyfriends were progressive, found them to be about as traditional as their grandfathers when it came to women's issues. It was a bit unsettling to read that Obama has a habit of calling women reporters "sweetie.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jaylia3 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 18, 2010
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A riveting recap of the full-of-surprises 2008 election, including the inexplicably harsh treatment Hillary Clinton received from even the liberal media, especially the boys at MSNBC.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Stacey on December 16, 2010
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I just finished listening to the audible.com edition of Big Girls Don't Cry by Rebecca Traister on a cross country road trip. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Traister, a writer for Salon.com, lays out an insightful and thorough examination of the 2008 election campaign and what it meant for feminism, sexism, and women in this country. As a 40 year old woman who sits somewhere between the Gloria Steinem/2nd Wave feminist generation and the 20-something blogosphere feminism, I found that Traister's observations as well as the those of the many influential women she interviewed echoed many of my own. There were times when I felt like I was re-living the anger and disappointment raised by the Clinton and Palin campaigns. Even more enraging was the media treatment of both women which is carefully and chronologically documented in the book through excerpts, quotes, and historical context.

My political involvement during the 2008 election was limited to listening to NPR and watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. So, I was fairly insulated from the worst of the media sexism and stupidity. This book reminded me that I still need to be paying attention. When we pay attention, we speak out, and that is one thing which wasn't happening enough in 2008.

If there is one thing that I didn't love about this book - it was Traister's occasionally long-winded observations of her own emotional state during the campaign. While I appreciate that sexism, racism and politics are emotional as well as intellectual, and I often felt the same way she did, I enjoyed the concrete examples and historical context much more. Not really a criticism... but an acknowledgement that this book is about a woman's own personal political journey as well as a nation's.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ceit on November 28, 2010
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Rebecca Traister has really hit home in this book. Traister writes a fantastic account of the 2008 election and why Hillary couldn't win. Unlike Traister I was a Hillary supporter from the start, and still am. I am very proud that she ran, she not only ran, but she ran until she gave her delegates to Obama at the DNC. She didn't give up, just because she was told to, she didn't give up after sexist remarks, she didn't give up because it was expected of her, and she was in it until the end.

Traister writes in her book that she didn't want to vote for Hillary just because she was a woman. But after reading the book I wonder if woman didn't vote for her because Hillary didn't add up to the idealized woman that some feminist wanted?

Traister writes and honest look at her own turn from an Edwards supporter to a Hillary supporter.
She describes the blatant t sexism, not only where woman expect it, but from they weren't expecting it, most notably progressive men's descriptions and outright hate for Hillary.

This book is a must read for any political junkie, or those who care about gender issues in this country. I would like to send this book to several male politicians out there.

Traister said one thing that I agree with, we shouldn't vote for a woman just because she is a woman, but we should consider why we are voting for her.

There were some places that I disagreed with her but overall I liked this book.
Women have come a long way but there still needs to be more work.
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Another loser political fiction like Pelosi's stinker?
You haven't even opened the book yet and you're already judging it negatively. (What's the definition of "prejudice", again?) Your comment throws no light on the book but does afford an interesting peek into your psyche, Mr. Gump.
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