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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She accuses Faludi of forgetting race as a statistical signifier, and also of failing to consider and connect sexism, race, and homophobia in her analysis. Backlash is abundant with examples of women who just kept moving forward no matter the hardships and the obstacles they faced, and this was truly inspiring. As Faludi presents here this is just a result of the backlash of the 80s that is ridiculously continuing – 30 years later!

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women

Not to mention revealing outfits and giant retrofitted breasts proudly sported-then complaining when some male co-worker accidentally looks at them. This is an exhaustive study of American attitudes toward feminism throughout history. Reviewers writing from conservative perspectives were concerned with what they understood to be Faludi’s endorsement of single-minded feminist interests at the expense of traditional family values.

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Backlash is a baxklash of feminism, an alarm bell for women of every generation, reminding us of the dangers that we still face. This book made me angry, and also depressed dusan at times, because of the above statement. The sad thing to realize after reading this year-old book is that she could write the same book — with all new but similar material — today. And here, we arrive at all-out, bloody war—one that is still raging, pitting women against our own wombs, our own progeny.

So this very well known book actually got 20 years old faluid I got around to reading it. Her mother was a homemaker and journalist and is a long-time New York University student. This cultural narrative persisted despite statistics and market research.


A backlash, yes, but not orchestrated and driven by individual actions. I’m giving it 3 stars to put it in the middle. Faludi describes the fashion and cosmetic industries “little girl” clothing designs and the emphasis on frills, flounces and “feminising” as an eruption of resentment by the fashion industry towards the increasingly independent buying habits of female shoppers. Account Options Sign in.

I only wear exactly what I’m happy with, that’s comfortable, flexible and suited to the task, I also don’t shave anywhere, don’t style my hair or wear any make-up. To put this in perspective, I was born inand this book was published in Faludi was inspired to write Backlash after investigating the statistics behind a Newsweek cover story that reported on a Harvard-Yale study detailing the bleak marital prospects for single, educated career women.

It is an utterly depressing read. I love the analysis she provides of tv and film. Backlash Overview When it was first published, Backlash made headlines for puncturing such favorite media backkash as the “infertility epidemic” and the “man shortage,” myths that defied statistical realities.

If I ever meet Susan Faludi, I will definitely thank her! The over-sexualisation of Halloween costumes for both adults and young girls hey if you want to wear it, fine, can I have a choice too?

I had to put it down for a while because I bqcklash handle it all in one dose.

Backlash, by Susan Faludi

Grievances aside, it is a very well researched and written book and Susan Faludi is a great backlqsh, with a talent for timing, presentation and often dealing with a difficult subject with a healthy dose of humor. What is regrettable to me is we don’t yet see what it is we have done, how badly we are needed, how we really do have tools for changing our own future in our own hands.

The true feminist in your life. 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.


Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

In almost half of all homeless women were refugees of domestic violence. She lives with fellow author Russ Rymer. Faludi crafts her scenes expertly, with anecdotes supporting her claims about the forces working against American women. By now it can of course, in addition to its original validity, be read as a time document as well.

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 takes us from the retro-reactionary scriptwriters in Hollywood mostly men!

TV talk shows and morning news shows were filled then, as now, with experts espousing their opinions. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

This page was last edited on 8 Decemberat Williams published Reshaping the Work—Family Debate: May 07, andrea rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In the final chapter, Faludi relates the story of Randall Terrythe founder of Operation Rescuean activist anti-abortion group, and discusses the unspoken sub-text of the right-to-life campaign — the shifting of the balance of sexual power and “the patriarch ‘s eclipsed ability to make the family decisions” Faludi contends that women are not yet equal and there is a counter-assault to halt or reverse the hard-won gains in the quest for equality.

When in truth feminism only asks that women be free to define themselves— instead of having their identity defined for them, time and again, by their culture and their men. Gilder’s answer to women: