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Debunking the many myths about how far women have come and the pervasive belief that American society is postfeminist, this account traces women's status and the assault on their rights from the 1950s—when Newsweek declared, "for the American girl, books and babies don't mix"—to the present, exploring the deception behind women's progress and contextualizing the current situation. The legacy of the women’s movement is being short-circuited in every aspect of life, as evidenced by statistics such as...
Debunking the many myths about how far women have come and the pervasive belief that American society is postfeminist, this account traces women's status and the assault on their rights from the 1950s—when Newsweek declared, "for the American girl, books and babies don't mix"—to the present, exploring the deception behind women's progress and contextualizing the current situation. The legacy of the women’s movement is being short-circuited in every aspect of life, as evidenced by statistics such as the growing wage gap between men and women that begins right after college, the U.S. ranking of 31st in world gender equity—behind Latvia and the Philippines—as well as trends ranging from rising medical insurance costs to shortening life expectancy for women. This passionate, extensively documented, humorous, and persuasive argument is simultaneously enlightening, frightening, and revitalizing and helps women understand where they are and why and how they can move beyond marginalizing strategies.
"Each chapter of this book offers an impassioned plea: feminism is not dead, but there is still a great need for feminist women and men to fight for the rights of women in America . . . Highly recommended." —Library Journal
"In no-nonsense fashion, Berg lays out the case for a renewed feminist movement that can be at the center of progressive politics. Her passion and humor demonstrate why feminism is not a threat to us men but a gift." —Robert Jensen, University of TexasAustin, author, Getting Off: Pornography and the End of Masculinity
"The time has come for a new wave of feminism and Sexism in America is just what we need to help bring it on." —Diane E. Levin, PhD, professor of education, Wheelock College; coauthor, So Sexy So Soon
"Reminding us that the 'personal is political,' this book will provide women with an unambiguous understanding of a broader pattern of gender inequality." —Miriam Forman-Brunell, professor of history, University of MissouriKansas City; author, Girlhood in America: An Encyclopedia
"Sweeping vision, sharp wit, and in-depth research . . . a road map to how the Far Right and conservative religious forces succeeded in pushing women's rights back from victories in the 1970s into an era in which women must begin again." —Rita Henley Jensen, editor in chief, Women's eNews
"Sexism in America is vital reading for everyone to ensure that the quality of life for women continues to transform to ultimately create complete gender equality." —Dr. Jane Greer, author, How Could You Do This To Me? Learning To Trust After Betrayal
Introduction Inequality - the New Normal
1 The Awakening of American Women 1
2 Feminism Takes Flight 17
3 Gender Roles Under Fire 31
4 Do Not Bend, Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate 41
5 Reagan and the Great Reality Check 53
6 Welfare Queens, Herculean Women, and Sex-Starved Stalkers 63
7 The Mixed Bag of Bill Clinton 79
8 Bushwinked to Bushwhacked 91
9 9/11 and Women 101
10 9/11 and Men 113
11 Military Madness 119
12 Starve the Beast, Sink the Nation 129
13 Bodily Harm 137
14 Birth-Control Activists, Please Phone Home 151
15 Trouble@edu 171
16 The Campaign Against Working Women 189
17 Mothers Matter(s) 213
18 Unpopular Culture 233
19 Missing at the Multiplex 245
20 The Disappearing Girl 265
21 Toxic Males and Tarty Females 281
22 Desperately Seeking Self 303
23 More Than a Few Good Women 311
Conclusion: The Change We Need 323
Barbara Berg's characterization of sexism as a badge of honor for many males strikes a loud chord. If males need defenseless women in order to feel powerful and macho, there is something drastically wrong with the world. As she writes, weak women and macho men not only embody but encourage domination, aggression and violence---all the motivating factors in wars. Even more disconcerting is the increase in domestic violence cases in the current economy. These are the males who see women getting jobs (granted, they are lower paid jobs). These are the males who are relegated to being the nanny at home. These are the males who feel emasculated thanks to the corporate downsizing plus their takeover of American government. Berg hits loud notes in this review of what is happening in America and the sexism she describes is a warning about our future. Thank you for a revealing portrait of American culture Barbara Berg! www.juliahughesjones.comWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 31, 2009
Barbara Berg's new book exposes the myth that we are living in a post-feminist society. Based on hundred of interviews and indepth research, Berg provides a crash course in the recent history of the women's movement, and shows how many of its gains have been eroded by decades of pervasive, often subtle, sometimes causal, but always effective discrimination against women. Written with passion and humor, intellect and fine story-telling, Sexism in America should be on everyone's fall reading list, everyone that is who cares about the direction this country is heading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 18, 2009
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