By Susan Faludi
Skillfully Probing the assault on Women's Rights
"Opting-out," "security moms," "desperate housewives," "the new child fever"--the pattern tales of 2006 go away without doubt that American ladies are nonetheless being barraged through an analogous backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly uncovered in her 1991 bestselling booklet of revelations. Now, the booklet that reignited the feminist stream is again in a 15th anniversary variation, with a brand new preface through the writer that brings backlash realization brand new.
When it was once first released, Backlash made headlines for puncturing such favourite media myths because the "infertility epidemic" and the "man shortage," myths that confounded statistical realities. those willfully fictitious media campaigns additional as much as an antifeminist backlash. no matter what development feminism has lately made, Faludi's phrases at the present time appear prophetic. The media nonetheless love tales approximately stay-at-home mothers and the "dangers" of women's occupation objectives; the glass ceiling continues to be low; girls are nonetheless punished for desirous to prevail; simple reproductive rights are nonetheless striking by way of a thread. The backlash essentially exists.
With ardour and precision, Faludi indicates in her new preface how the creators of industrial tradition distort feminist recommendations to promote items whereas promoting girls downstream, how the feminist ethic of monetary independence is twisted into the shopper ethic of shopping for strength, and the way the feminist quest for self-determination is warped right into a self-centered quest for self-improvement. Backlash is a vintage of feminism, an alarm bell for girls of each iteration, reminding us of the risks that we nonetheless face.
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