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 go away without doubt that American ladies are nonetheless being barraged via an analogous backlash messages that Susan Faludi brilliantly uncovered in her 1991 bestselling e-book of revelations. Now, the publication that reignited the feminist circulation is again in a 15th anniversary version, with a brand new preface via the writer that brings backlash realization 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 further as much as an antifeminist backlash. no matter what growth feminism has lately made, Faludi’s phrases this day look prophetic. The media nonetheless love tales approximately stay-at-home mothers and the “dangers” of women’s profession pursuits; the glass ceiling remains to be low; ladies are nonetheless punished for desirous to be successful; uncomplicated reproductive rights are nonetheless striking by means of a thread. The backlash truly exists.
With ardour and precision, Faludi exhibits in her new preface how the creators of business tradition distort feminist strategies to promote items whereas promoting girls downstream, how the feminist ethic of financial independence is twisted into the shopper 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 new release, reminding us of the risks that we nonetheless face.
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The example Weitzman gives of a forced house sale is in itself harshly illuminating. A thirty-eight-year-old divorcing housewife wanted to remain in the home where the family had lived for fifteen years. N o t only did she want to spare her teenage son further disrup tion, she couldn't afford to move—because the child support and al imony payments the judge had granted were so low. In desperation, she offered to sacrifice her portion of her husband's pension plan, about $85,000, if only he would let her stay in the house.
But when feminism itself becomes the tide, the opposition doesn't simply go along with the reversal: it digs in its heels, brandishes its fists, builds walls and dams. And its resistance creates countercurrents and treacherous undertows. T h e force and furor o f the backlash churn beneath the surface, largely invisible to the public eye. O n occasion in the last decade, they have burst into view. " Other signs of the backlash's wrath, by their sheer brutality, can push their way into public consciousness for a time—the sharp in crease in rape, for example, or the rise in pornography that depicts ex treme violence against women.
S . 3 percent decline in happiness among married women of the same age. " A 1985 Woman's Day survey of sixty thousand women found that only half would marry their husbands again if they had it to do over. In lieu of marriage, women were choosing to live with their loved ones. The cohabitation rate quadrupled between 1970 and 1985. When the federal government finally commissioned a study on single women's sexual habits in 1986, the first time ever, the researchers found that one-third of them had cohabited at some time in their lives.