Lations encouraging them to blame themselves Her investigation is thorough actually compassionate and supportive of healthy masculinity she painstakingly details and profiles the many ways that modern American corporatism has stripped men of their personhood and transformed them into cogs in a machine Very important read for those who are actually willing to contemplate a deep structural flaw tearing apart the fabric of modern society Why did so many white men vote for Donald Trump Why did they hate Clinton with such a passion What are all these guys so mad aboutYou could do worse than reading this book from the 1990s to see a remarkably consistent thesis driven home by character studies of struggling men It shows how baby boomers were brought up in a consumerist paradise and told that they would have what their fathers did a ife full of adventure conuering enemies a well paying job and a family to protect as Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars long as they wereoyal and worked hardInstead they got Vietnam corporations Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life laying them off and a diminished feeling of masculinity which they blamed on useful scapegoatsike the feminist movement and immigrants This books starts off uite strongly The first 3 4 chapters were fascinating and really brought brought to Crazy Love life these harduck men you could see why they would feel betrayed One chapter really boiled down all of the white working class grievance when aid off men pontificated on how much better America was back in their "father s day She even interviews somebody who wanted those great times back by ominously yearning for what "s day She even interviews somebody who wanted those great times back by ominously yearning for what called variously and approvingly a police state a dictatorship or a controlled environment a state in which the old system would be reimposed his status restored and the reins of authority returned to a benevolent #but firm white male management The racial attitude that he shared with others at the #firm white male management The racial attitude that he shared with others at the buttressed a masculinity based on exclusion and privilege Keep in mind that that uote is from 1995 or so when she was doing
Research On This Bookon this book that this was a so called booming economy that was making men feel this way It s ittle surprise that these feelings broke out into the mainstream after a horrific recession Her men try religion going to war working with their hands working in pornos osing themselves in sports fandom writing action books but no matter what they try they feel ike they are ess of a man than their father s generation since they are playing by the same assumptions and rules that really don t apply to them There is no onger a common enemy to unite against and the ones they come up with don t uite work the way Nazis did On top of that oyalty is a fool s game in modern corporate America and factory jobs can barely get you a iving wage The men are trapped in an ideology with no easy way out and are therefore susceptible to demagoguery that promises easy fixes and yes common enemies to rally against Faludi warns us about the trap and discusses solutions to the problem Perhaps men can start asking hard uestions and reach down deep within themselves and see that they aren t so different than feminists after all They are both trapped in fake gender roles that are impossible to fulfill and are egged on by a consumerist society of marketing that promises them that attaining manhood or femininity is just a purchase away It will be the toughest battle yet but what if the struggling man stops ooking for easy answers and slips his way out of the trap and instead of judging himself by how many pterodactyls he whacks with his club before dragging them home for his wife to cook he actualizes himself in a humanist project that transcends gender and thereby would also remove himself as an obstacle in the struggle for female euality Or he could just stay bitter put on a red cap and try to vote his way into a past that never existed. Lapse the once valued male attributes of craft oyalty and social utility are no New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood longer honored muchess rewardedFaludi's journey through the modern masculine Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey landscape takes her into theives of individual men whose accounts reveal the heart of the male dilemma Stiffed brings us into the world of industrial workers sports fans combat veterans evangelical husbands militiamen astronauts and troubled bad boys whose sense that they've ost their skills jobs civic roles wives teams and a secure future is only one symptom of a arger and historic betray. Once upon a time No After World War II American soldiers returned home with a ЯED legacy and a dream to pass on to their sons Space exploration Academia Scientific research Art The American sons built on thategacy They were a great generation because the DID something BUILT something "fast forward to the ate 20th century men "forward to the ate 20th Century Men new world defined by mergers acuisitions stock market bravado that moved money and credit from shell to shell And they started The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs losing their jobs Laid off again and again At the dawn of the 21st Century American men could reinforce their masculinity and their agency by BEING Or APPEARING to be something Suddenly the system that has always defined women by appearance by sexiness This was nearly as good as Backlash She interviews a wide range of men in America from Stallone to a group of men who dress as dogs to go to football matches There is a description of a men s group that put me off the idea of going to a men s group forife If there was ever a book to show that the feminist revolution is about the Moreno liberation of men too this is it Susan Faludi is brilliant She is without a doubt one of the most skilled insightful and nuanced investigative journalists of our time I would say that her work often crosses over between journalism and anthropology She has an incredible knack for getting to the heart of the story for getting people to open up to her and share what s really going on in theirives and cultures She is the most thorough writer I have ever read I mean she puts guys ike Malcolm Gladwell to shame and tackles every story from all the angles each with the same depth and forthrightness She avoids assumptions and stereotypes is open to every idea and possibility and formulates complex sophisticated analyses that are both intelligent and ethical She never compromises on her feminism or on her morality and at the same time she can sit with people of every background and every ILK INCLUDING RAPISTS MEGALOMANIACS AND MARGINALIZED MEN AND TREAT including rapists megalomaniacs and marginalized men and treat one ike a human being deserving her utmost respect A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author listening to to every one with patience and sincerity and bringing out in each one the depth and a vital human story She is an artist an artist of society and the human condition I want to be Susan Faludi when I grow up I mean seriouslySO I actually read this book years ago but it has stayed with me and has influenced so much of how Iook at society especially narratives around us regarding men and masculinity What prompted me to write this review now is the death of Neil Armstrong Susan Faludi s chapter on Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldridge was heart wrenching And it What If left me completely unable toisten to the rhetoric of space travel the same way again The idea that it is all driven by this ornamental masculinity by image and glitz over substance is just overwhelming Once you read Susan Faludi there is no going backAnd since she wrote this book nothing has changed in Western society If anything the culture has gotten worse Men are now under the patriarchal microscope too Not uite as much as women But stillSusan Faludi Brilliant Just brilliant If she were to run for president I would totally vote for her This is an incredible book I strongly advise reading it Faludi an award winner journalist and feminist takes a compassionate and honest The Exhaustion Breakthrough look into the condition of the American male This is a great book for any feminist or minority activist who is inclined toay the entire burden of the countries problems on the so called Angry White Male The book takes the The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good long view on the problem and traces the roots of the problem back to the second World War and suggests that men are as shaped by society as they are the authors of it In fact even the most powerful of men have has as much done to them as they have acted out upon She dares to ask the uestion as to who. One of the most talked about books of recent years in Stiffed the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Backlash explores the collapse of traditional masculinity that haseft men feeling betrayed With Backlash in 1991 Susan Faludi broke new ground when she put her finger directly on the problem bedeviling women and the Supplemental Book light of recognition dawned on millions of her readers what's making women miserable isn't something they're doing to themselves in the name of independence It's something our society is doing to women The book was nothingess than a and. .
The angry white man is and why exactly is he so angry in the first place A good deal of the book focuses on the baby boomers of the post Word War II era and it examines how society made a ot of promises to them and then proceeded to break every one of them This is a beautifully written book about masculinity in America I credit this book with sparking my interest in gender studies and American Studies about masculinity in America I credit this book with sparking my interest in gender studies and American Studies is able to weave seemingly disparate narratives into a compelling story of how industrialization economic insecurity and ittle change in gender expectations have hurt both men and women Faludi makes her case via storytelling anecdotes woven through with history It s well written and flows it "S NOT BORING SOCIOLOGY OR IMPERSONAL "not boring sociology or impersonal I read this way back in 2000 I think yet three of the chapter vignettes have stuck with me vividly 15 years ater 1 So Cal ower middle class suburbia Lakewood I think gone all wrong and rapey2 the pathetic Faludi almost outdid Backlash The Undeclared War Against American Women here documenting the way brutal sex role stereotypes caught up to the XY chromosomes of the species The betrayal is that men thought they d becomecivilized educated fine manners damn even eual household duties but the culture
Wanted Macho Men TheMacho Men The demanded it and the way US society pitted individuals against each other rewarded the tough guyI did a workshop on gender stereotypes in an elementary school right outside of Hanover NH home of Dartmouth College so was a mix of professors and professional class kids and working class ones A father came up to me afterward and oudly hissed don t go feminizing my boy because I discussed cultural expectations that still tracked men into STEM careers and women into the helping ones I even argued that maybe It s an interesting book and a compassionate one too but it s ultimately a failure to me For a book whose title proclaims it to be about a betrayal it spends very Bidadari yang Mengembara little time on the subject of the betrayers concentrating instead on the problems of the betrayed Not that these problems are not real or worthy of study just that this is a book about symptoms not causes Indeed even its diagnosis of symptoms is incompleteFaludi repeatedly fails to come to grips with the how and why of the title s betrayal This is a book about two generations of men baby boomers and gen x ers It conspicuously fails to interrogate the men who were these men s fathers and grandfathers or to ask why they did what they did It shies away any time it gets close to portraying the true villains who get to remain mostly faceless corporate and government functionaries as if downsizing and asset stripping are merely weather conditions whose cause cannot be guessed at The fact that with one exception rags to riches story Sly Stallone every rich man who appears in this book is shown to be callous and duplicitous apparently fails to register on Faludi who talks in the conclusion of the men s struggle as being different from the women s primarily inacking an easily identifiable enemy On the contrary the enemy is identified several times in the book but Faludi apparently fails to recognise him every timeThat said if you want to read about how the Red River Girl last few decades worth of social and economic trends have affected a somewhat representative sample of American men this is your book But this is a book that raises uestions than provides answers and I dike it a La strada delle croci lot if I didn t get the nagging feeling that theack of answers is due to a certain unwillingness on the author s part to think too deeply about the uestions For men and women alike Faludi asks a powerful uestionWhy haven t men stood up to a cultural stereotype and the culture it supports which is systematically destroying them economically and by default emasculating them in the most heinous of manipu. MarkNow in Stiffed the author turns her attention to the masculinity crisis plaguing our culture at the end of the '90s an era of massive ayoffs Angry White Male politics and Million Man marches As much as the culture wants to proclaim that men are made miserable or brutal or violent or irresponsible by their inner nature and their hormones Faludi finds that even in the world they supposedly own and run men are at the mercy of cultural forces that disfigure their ives and destroy their chance at happiness As traditional masculinity continues to col.