Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

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First published in 1991, Backlash made headlines and became a bestselling classic for its thoroughgoing debunking of a decade long antifeminist backlash against women’s advances. A Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, Susan Faludi brilliantly deconstructed the reigning myths about the “costs” of women’s independence - from the supposed “man shortage” to the “infertility epidemic” to “career burnout” to “toxic day care” - and traced their circulation from Reagan-era politics through the echo chambers of mass media, advertising, and popular culture.

As Faludi writes in a new preface for this edition, much has changed in the intervening years: The Internet has given voice to a new generation of feminists. Corporations list “gender equality” among their core values. In 2019, a record number of women entered Congress. Yet the glass ceiling is still unshattered, women are still punished for wanting to succeed, and reproductive rights are hanging by a thread. This startling and essential book helps explain why women’s freedoms are still so demonized and threatened - and urges us to choose a different future.

ISBN: 9780307345424

Published Date: August 1, 2006

Publisher: Three Rivers Press

Language: English

Page Count: 575

Size: 8.27" l x 5.39" w x 1.41" h