By Susan Faludi
Skillfully Probing the assault on Women's Rights
"Opting-out," "security moms," "desperate housewives," "the new child fever"--the development tales of 2006 depart without doubt that American ladies are nonetheless being barraged by means of an analogous backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly uncovered in her 1991 bestselling booklet of revelations. Now, the e-book that reignited the feminist circulation is again in a 15th anniversary variation, with a brand new preface via the writer that brings backlash realization modern.
When it used to be 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 further as much as an antifeminist backlash. no matter what development feminism has lately made, Faludi's phrases at the present time look prophetic. The media nonetheless love tales approximately stay-at-home mothers and the "dangers" of women's occupation objectives; the glass ceiling remains to be low; ladies are nonetheless punished for desirous to be successful; easy reproductive rights are nonetheless placing by way of a thread. The backlash essentially exists.
With ardour and precision, Faludi exhibits in her new preface how the creators of business tradition distort feminist ideas to promote items whereas promoting girls downstream, how the feminist ethic of financial independence is twisted into the shopper ethic of shopping for energy, 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 ladies of each iteration, reminding us of the hazards that we nonetheless face.
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Called “compassionate couponers,” many couponing Robin Hoods have worked hand in hand with store managers to maximize manufacturers’ coupons—literally taking from the rich and giving to the poor. For example, Klein’s “100,000-coupon challenge” has created a coalition of couponers from Missouri, Texas, Kansas, and other states to raise over $100,000 in donations. With only $20 and a binder full of coupons, Klein has stocked Wylie, Texas, food banks with pallets of deodorant and crates of pineapple chunks.
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Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women (The 15th Anniversary Edition) by Susan Faludi