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Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future Hardcover – September 1, 2009
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"In no-nonsense fashion, Berg lays out the case for a renewed feminist movement that can be at the center of progressive politics. Her passion and humor demonstrate why feminism is not a threat to us men but a gift." Robert Jensen, University of TexasAustin, author, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity
"The time has come for a new wave of feminism and Sexism in America is just what we need to help bring it on." Diane E. Levin, PhD, professor of education, Wheelock College; coauthor, So Sexy So Soon
"Sweeping vision, sharp wit, and in-depth research . . . a road map to how the Far Right and conservative religious forces succeeded in pushing women's rights back from victories in the 1970s into an era in which women must begin again." Rita Henley Jensen, editor in chief, Women's eNews
"Sexism in America is vital reading for everyone to ensure that the quality of life for women continues to transform to ultimately create complete gender equality." Dr. Jane Greer, author, How Could You Do This To Me? Learning To Trust After Betrayal
Top Customer Reviews
As a fiftysomething male who's run his own company for many many years, I was in for quite an awakening about the many practices, comments and lapses that I as well as many of my colleagues engage in that are detrimental to women. And I have two daughters whom I adore and have always prided myself on being pro-women!
This book was definitely a wake-up call for me. It's no longer going to be enough to say, "Yeah, I know women are discriminated against." The important thing is understanding the depth, prevalence of it. (I didn't for example know that women are dying at younger ages than men or about the very successful campaign on the right to grant fetuses personhood which would eliminate choice without a Supreme Court decision.) But once we know what is happening and why, then, we can begin as Berg says, "To make a society that will enhance all of our lives." Everyone should read this book.
By Deborah Blumenthal (Houston, TX) - See all my reviews
If you've sat back complacently thinking that women in America have pretty much broken through most sexist barriers by now, Barbara Berg's Sexism in America Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future, will open your eyes to how the right-wing, phallic politics of both Presidents Regan and Bush have stealthily worked to erode the hard fought gains for women on every front giving rise to a resurgence of sexism in this country. This lively, very readable, fast-paced overview of feminist history is laced with the often shocking confessions of women across the country who responded to hundreds of interviews by Berg, telling their punch-in-the gut stories of abuse. They range from a soldier in Iraq who was knocked unconscious, brutally raped, given no trauma counseling and then asked to take a polygraph exam and get back to work, to a panicked woman who became pregnant from an abusive boyfriend who sought help at a pregnancy crisis center only to find that instead of help getting an abortion, what they offered was the picture of an aborted fetus and the advice to "put her faith in God." The crisis center, it turned out, was a Christian antiabortion facility, the type of place being funded now by the government in many states. There are so many more stories like these and rich detail about how women's rights are being trampled in every area. The book will make you angry. It will also make you want to cry.
Berg begins with a short history of the women's movement in America then shows how and why the gains made have been slowly, but surely eroded in every aspect of our lives, whether it is healthcare, education, including academia, the workplace or popular culture. Berg's explanation of what has happened to gender equity both as a fact and ideal is both a revelation and very persuasive. Her discussion of the entertainment industry is especially fascinating. She combines years of careful research, great story telling, a sense of humor with an impassioned argument for equality. I couldn't put the book down.
If it were possible, I'd now give it twenty stars. This is the best book on the subject in many years. The author addresses everything from pay inequity to media imbalance to the insidous anti-woman attitudes once again permeating every corner of American culture. She has an enviable command of current and historical research, and her overall tone is one of hope in spite of everything. That's an attitude I can live with - because it comes with a rallying cry for women, and people who care about women, everywhere.
Until I happened upon this book, I'd been wondering if it was just me... if I was somehow just getting more sensitive, more cranky... but no, that's not it...not at all. That's what the powers that be would like us all to believe. It's not just me, and it's not just you. Things really have moved backward for us, and we must stop it.
Praise to my local library, who set this book front and center on the display by the front doors. I might not have seen it otherwise since it was just a quick trip... I was so struck by the title I grabbed it. I am so glad I did. I could easily become very depressed by the data she presents and the stories she tells - but I won't let that happen. I will let it be the empowering jolt the author intended it to be.
The "Resources" section is great, too. Be sure to take advantage of the many listings. There are listings for many facets of women's lives and political futures.
To the reviewer who made disparaging remarks about the author being "white"... this book clearly addresses issues facing WOMEN of all colors and heritage.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Dr. Berg's book is insightful, thought provoking and a must-read for all women (and men!). Dr. Berg is a brilliant author and educator, and I can't wait to read her next... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cubandiva72
And then her site refers to her as a "working mother." Great. What is a non-working mother? Are there "working fathers"? I've never heard of one...Published 7 months ago by tony parker
Great as a textual reference but a very heavy independant book if you are reading it for pleasure purposes. It is more factual then story biasedPublished on October 6, 2013 by Hailey Chappell
Barbara Berg's characterization of sexism as a badge of honor among males resonates with what women see as male disdain for women's traits. Read morePublished on February 27, 2010 by Julia H. Jones
A few weekend ago I was channel surfing and I came across Book TV on C-Span. I've watched a few times and the shows are pretty interesting so when Barbara J.Berg, Ph.D. Read morePublished on January 11, 2010 by Paul Dryer
I received Sexism in America: Alive, Well, And RUNING OUR FUTURE by Barbra J. Berg, Ph.D. before Christmas for review and honestly didn't see how it would change anything about me... Read morePublished on January 8, 2010 by Sharon LaMothe
In writing this book, Barbara Berg (a 'professor', no less !) has committed an incredible disservice to the women's movement, as most everything she has written of is not a... Read morePublished on January 3, 2010 by Oldskool
This book is extraordinary. Fast paced, insightful, passionate yet judicious. It covers so many different issues and does it in a way that is informative, but also analytic, in a... Read morePublished on December 18, 2009 by M. Maged