Flashback Friday

susan-faludi-2Today is the birthday of feminist, author and journalist Susan Fauldi (age 55). Pulitzer Prize recipient Fauldi was born on April 18 in Queens, New York. She attended and graduated from Harvard University and wrote for The Harvard Crimson. Post graduation, she went on to write for nationally-known publications such as The New York Times, Miami Herald, The Wall Street Journal and more.
Throughout the 80s, Fauldi wrote about feminism and the national resistance to the movement. She also wrote three books to be highlighted and recommended:

  • Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

Backlash focuses on the antifeminism movement in American media and culture with examples such as the “glass ceiling” and the portrayed “dangers” of ambitious women. She uses this book to showcase the positive concepts of feminism and brings awareness of women’s issues.

  • Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man

Opposite of previously written Backlash, Stiffed highlights the errors in American society that present problems for men. She goes in-depth into the lives of American men to uncover masculinity and dig deep into its social ties. In Stiffed, she explains how culture forces men to shift their values and how this leads to betrayal of their masculinity.

  • In the Terror Dream

In the Terror Dream was written post 9/11 to reflect on the reactions of the terrorist attacks. She compares the manner in which mainstream America reaction in contrast to the problems America has been masking for years, dealing with society. She points out how the media paints a myth of America to use as a mask every time our society is threatened.

These books all give deeper insight and thought about feminism in American society and the journey that we’re still on for quality and justice. I have not personally read them but I’m definitely interested in reading In the Terror Dream. I’m glad that we have female writers who are open to being honest about problems of American society that affect them directly and problems that they’ve observed.


By: Ashley Osborne


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