Cover of: Backlash | Susan Faludi, Susan Faludi

About the Book

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. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 461-542) and index.

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Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
305.42/0973
Library of Congress
HQ1426 .F35 1991

The Physical Object

Pagination
xxiii, 552 p. ; 25 cm.
Number of pages
552

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1870385M
Internet Archive
backlashundeclar00falurich
ISBN 10
0517576988
LC Control Number
90029172
Library Thing
3628
Goodreads
561926
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