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 way of an analogous backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly uncovered in her 1991 bestselling booklet of revelations. Now, the publication that reignited the feminist flow is again in a 15th anniversary variation, with a brand new preface through the writer that brings backlash recognition 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 this day appear prophetic. The media nonetheless love tales approximately stay-at-home mothers and the “dangers” of women’s profession targets; the glass ceiling continues to be low; ladies are nonetheless punished for desirous to be triumphant; uncomplicated 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 business tradition distort feminist ideas to promote items whereas promoting girls downstream, how the feminist ethic of financial independence is twisted into the patron 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 hazards that we nonetheless face.