Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
Susan Faludi makes a strong case for the need to revive the feminist movement. Backlash compels women to see how the self-determination they were on the verge of winning is now slipping from their grasp. It is both a warning and a new agenda for action.
A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Wall Street Journal, Faludi lays out a two-fold thesis in this aggressive work: First, despite the opinions of pop-psychologists and the mainstream media, career-minded women are generally not husband-starved loners on the verge of nervous breakdowns. Secondly, such beliefs are nothing more than anti-feminist propaganda pumped out by conservative research organizations with clear-cut ulterior motives. This backlash against the women’s movement, she writes, “stands the truth boldly on its head and proclaims that the very steps that have elevated women’s positions have actually led to their downfall.” Meticulously researched, Faludi’s contribution to this tumultuous debate is monumental and it earned the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award for General Nonfiction.