Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women

This should really be classified in Political & Social Sciences, subcategory Horror. A frank and bleak investigative report exposing the culture war against women; the mass media pumping the same tired headlines of grim marriage statistics after a certain age, crooning over the unhappiness (completely untrue) of working women, pushing images of marriage as the Goal (I just mistyped as gaol, also fitting), the beauty myth, the disappearance of strong and smart women from Hollywood, TV, even broadcast journalism. Faludi uncovers the most rabid anti-women brigade in the white lower-class men whose lot in life was worse off than their fathers, looking for scapegoats for their predicament. The backlash against the Second Wave feminists in the 1980s was particularly virulent in attacking reproductive rights, so many heartbreaking descriptions of lives gone wrong after forcing women to have the babies they do not want. “All of women’s aspirations – whether for education, work, or any form of self-determination – ultimately rest on their ability to decide whether and when to bear children.” I am in desperate need of a palate-cleanser book to cheer me up.