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Good and Mad

The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

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“In a year when issues of gender and sexuality dominated the national conversation, no one shaped that exchange more than Rebecca Traister. Her wise and provocative columns helped make sense of a cultural transformation.”—National Magazine Award Citation, 2018

“The most brilliant voice on feminism in this country.”—Anne Lamott, author of Bird by Bird

From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.

In the year 2018, it seems as if women’s anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Women’s March, and before the #MeToo movement, women’s anger was not only politically catalytic—but politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men.

With eloquence and fervor, Rebecca tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes marching on the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions.

Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 27, 2018 – In this trenchant analysis, journalist Traister (All the Single Ladies) explores the "nexus of women's anger and American politics," in which "noncompliant, insistent, furious women have shaped our history and our present." This emotion "has often ignited movements for social change and progress" yet often goes unacknowledged in a culture in which women in politics are "not lauded for their fury" while their male counterparts are. At the core of this analysis is the idea that the achievements of female political activists such as Florynce Kennedy, Rosa Parks, and Shirley Chisholm have been "erased from the record" rather than celebrated. Traister argues forcefully that women are an "oppressed majority in the United States," kept subjugated partly by racial divisions among the group. Four sections consist of essays, each capturing a factor in the current social and political climate the failure of the ERA; the role of women in the Tea Party; responses to Hillary Clinton's presidential run; and the birth of the #MeToo movement. Traister closes with a reminder to women not to lose sight of their anger even when things improve slightly and "the urgency will fade... if you yourself are not experiencing" injustice or look away from it because "being mad is correct; being mad is American; being mad can be joyful and productive and connective."
Good and Mad
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: United States
  • Published: Oct 02, 2018
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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