Sexism in America : Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-09-01
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press

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The news in 2008 was that women had taken huge strides forward. Feminists' decades-long struggle finally seemed to be paying off, not only in boardrooms, classrooms, and kitchens but also at the very topin presidential politics. But what is the truth behind the headlines? InSexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future, renowned feminist author Barbara J. Berg debunks the many myths about how far women have come and the pervasive belief that ours is a postfeminist society. Combining authoritative research and compelling storytelling, Berg traces the assault on women's status from the 1950swhenNewsweekdeclared "for the American girl, books and babies don't mix"to the present, exploring the deception about women's progress and contextualizing our current situation. All women are hurt by a society lauding their attributes in speeches while scorning them in public policy and popular culture, and the legacy of the women's movement is being short-circuited in every aspect of their lives. Passionate, extensively documented, humorous, and persuasive,Sexism in Americais simultaneously enlightening, frightening, and revitalizing. Berg, an ardent optimist, helps women understand where they are and why and how they can move beyond the marginalizing strategies. It is exactly the right book at exactly the right time.

Author Biography

Barbara J. Berg, PhD, is the author of The Crisis of the Working Mother, Nothing to Cry About, and The Remembered Gate: Origins of American Feminism. She has written for the Baltimore Sun, Ladies’ Home Journal, Ms., the New York Times Magazine, Parents, the Washington Post, and Working Woman.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Inequality-the New Normalp. ix
The Awakening of American Womenp. 1
Feminism Takes Flightp. 17
Gender Roles Under Firep. 31
Do Not Bend, Fold, Spindle, or Mutilatep. 41
Reagan and the Great Reality Checkp. 53
Welfare Queens, Herculean Women, and Sex-Starved Stalkersp. 63
The Mixed Bag of Bill Clintonp. 79
Bushwinked to Bushwhackedp. 91
9/11 and Womenp. 101
9/11 and Menp. 113
Military Madnessp. 119
Starve the Beast, Sink the Nationp. 129
Bodily Harmp. 137
Birth-Control Activists, Please Phone Homep. 151
Trouble@edup. 171
The Campaign Against Working Womenp. 189
Mothers Matter(s)p. 213
Unpopular Culturep. 233
Missing at the Multiplexp. 245
The Disappearing Girlp. 265
Toxic Males and Tarty Femalesp. 281
Desperately Seeking Selfp. 303
More Than a Few Good Womenp. 311
Conclusion: The Change We Needp. 323
Resourcesp. 335
Notesp. 344
Bibliographyp. 399
Indexp. 406
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