Backlash The Undeclared War Against American Women

ISBN-10: 0307345424

ISBN-13: 9780307345424

Edition: 15th 2006

Authors: Susan Faludi

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Skillfully Probing the Attack on Women's Rights "Opting-out," "security moms," "desperate housewives," "the new baby fever"--the trend stories of 2006 leave no doubt that American women are still being barraged by the same backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly exposed in her 1991 bestselling book of revelations. Now, the book that reignited the feminist movement is back in a fifteenth anniversary edition, with a new preface by the author that brings backlash consciousness up to date. When it was first published, "Backlash" made headlines for puncturing such favorite media myths as the "infertility epidemic" and the "man shortage," myths that defied statistical realities. These willfully fictitious media campaigns added up to an antifeminist backlash. Whatever progress feminism has recently made, Faludi's words today seem prophetic. The media still love stories about stay-at-home moms and the "dangers" of women's career ambitions; the glass ceiling is still low; women are still punished for wanting to succeed; basic reproductive rights are still hanging by a thread. The backlash clearly exists. With passion and precision, Faludi shows in her new preface how the creators of commercial culture distort feminist concepts to sell products while selling women downstream, how the feminist ethic of economic independence is twisted into the consumer ethic of buying power, and how the feminist quest for self-determination is warped into a self-centered quest for self-improvement. "Backlash" is a classic of feminism, an alarm bell for women of every generation, reminding us of the dangers that we still face.
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Book details

List price: $15.99
Edition: 15th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Crown/Archetype
Publication date: 8/15/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 594
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Preface to the Fifteenth Anniversary Edition
Introduction: Blame It on Feminism
Myths and Flashbacks
Man Shortages and Barren Wombs: The Myths of the Backlash
Backlashes Then and Now
The Backlash in Popular Culture
The "Trends" of Antifeminism: The Media and the Backlash
Fatal and Fetal Visions: The Backlash in the Movies
Teen Angels and Unwed Witches: The Backlash on TV
Dressing the Dolls: The Fashion Backlash
Beauty and the Backlash
Origins of a Reaction: Backlash Movers, Shakers, and Thinkers
The Politics of Resentment: The New Right's War on Women
Ms. Smith Leaves Washington: The Backlash in National Politics
The Backlash Brain Trust: From Neocons to Neofems
George Gilder: "America's Number-One Antifeminist"
Allan Bloom: A Refugee from the Feminist Occupation
Michael and Margarita Levin: Boys Don't Cook and Girls Don't Do Long Division
Warren Farrell: The Liberated Man Recants
Robert Bly: Turning "Yogurt Eaters" into "Wild Men"
Sylvia Ann Hewlett: The Neofeminist's Lesser Work
Betty Friedan: Revisionism as a Marketing Tool
Carol Gilligan: Different Voices or Victorian Echoes?
Backlashings: The Effects on Women's Minds, Jobs, and Bodies
It's All in Your Mind: Popular Psychology Joins the Backlash
The Wages of the Backlash: The Toll on Working Women
Reproductive Rights Under the Backlash: The Invasion of Women's Bodies
Epilogue
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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