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 through an identical backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly uncovered in her 1991 bestselling publication of revelations. Now, the e-book that reignited the feminist circulate is again in a 15th anniversary version, with a brand new preface by way of the writer that brings backlash awareness modern.

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 rejected 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 appear prophetic. The media nonetheless love tales approximately stay-at-home mothers and the "dangers" of women's occupation goals; the glass ceiling continues to be low; girls are nonetheless punished for desirous to prevail; simple reproductive rights are nonetheless putting through a thread. The backlash truly exists.

With ardour and precision, Faludi indicates in her new preface how the creators of industrial tradition distort feminist suggestions to promote items whereas promoting girls downstream, how the feminist ethic of financial independence is twisted into the patron 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 risks that we nonetheless face.

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