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Feminist8 mars 2012
Lisa Phyllis Downey
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No. 1. Patriarchy is alive and well in our society. Anyone that denies it must live in a fantasy world. Women are still being abused physically, mentally, emotionally, financially, and sexually, every SINGLE DAY. The Abuse of women has been going on for thousands of years, mostly because abusive men view women as weak, worthless, stupid, and incapable, of living life independently and making their own decisions. I should know! I left 2 abusive husbands and an abusive boyfriend. It becomes a pattern in your life. I have broken the cycle and my daughter is proof. I did not allow her to be abused and worked hard to prevent it. No. 2. Women make less then men. Everyone knows that! Our worth as human capital is not as much to employers beccause we may have babies, cramps, or become caretakers. Men would not survive without women, of course because there would be no creation, but also because they would kill each other. Survival of the fittest includes love, affection, and care. Men cannot provide that on their own to each other, they are too competitive and unemotional. No. 3. Susan Faludi would have had a greater chance of making an impression on women if United States women woke up and fought against patriarchy. We still have a long way to go. I applaud Susan Faludi, Gloria Steinem, and all others who support Feminism. I am and always will be a feminist. Believe me, Feminism is alive and well. Continue the good fight ladies. I applaud: Backlash.
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Riding Her Laurels, Faludi's Book is Unreadable, Unfocused and Boundlessly Boring14 septembre 2005
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If you subscribe to the reasoning that a winner of a Pulitzer Prize in Journalism would naturally have to produce a well reasoned and, certainly, a readable book on western cultures male driven backlash on the inroads of the feminist revolution, you might well be considered to be in the majority. Holding onto your illusions, however, would require that you forgo the dubious 'pleasure' of reading the monotonously repetitious, unfocused and logically terminal tome by Susan Faludi: Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women
I bought and partially read this book after watching a talk show on which Ms. Faludi was one of the guest authors. She said very little (in fact nothing concrete) about the books actual contents and deflected the more incisive probes with variations on "To get an answer to your question you'll have to read the book". I was more naive then than now and, buying into the mystery, plunked down good money for the hardcover edition of the book.
Chapter after chapter I slugged through pseudo-factual enumerations of "assaults" on the inroads on women's rights, looking for a point (or even the indication that one was on the horizon) where the interminable ambiguous listings of "offenses" would come together into a cohesive whole which substantiated a backlash by the evil male manipulators of legal and (mainly) cultural mores.
Two thirds of the way through this very long book it was becoming clear that no such focal point was coming or, indeed, was possible, based on what had preceded. Then I 'cheated' a little and skipped ahead to the final chapters. Lo and behold, I found more of the same endless ambiguous listing that apparently makes up the substance of the book.
As a well-known feminist reviewer of books said of this farcical foray: "I don't know anyone who has read this book all the way through. I couldn't and I have not been able to find anyone who has."