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Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger 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 , 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

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  • Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger
  • Rebecca Traister
  • 09 January 2018
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About the Author: Rebecca Traister

Rebecca Traister writes about politics and gender for Salon, and has contributed to the New York Observer, Elle, the New York Times, Vogue, the Nation and other publications She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.



10 thoughts on “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

  1. says:

    It is rare, but occasionally, just the right book, written by just the right person, will be published at just the right time Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me 2015 , released near the height of BlackLivesMatter, is a good example of a just right book Rebecca Traister s Good and Mad the Revolutionary Power of Women 2018 , released five days after Dr Blasey Ford s testimony and four days before Justice Kavanaugh s confirmation is an equally powerful example.Traister, no newcomer It is rare, but occasionally, just the right book, written by just the right person, will be published at just the right time Ta Nehisi Coates Between the World and Me 2015 , released near the height of BlackLivesMatter, is a good example of a just right book Rebecca Traister s Good and Mad the Revolutionary Power of Women 2018 , released five days after Dr Blasey Ford s testimony and four days before Justice Kavanaugh s confirmation is an equally powerful example.Traister, no newcomer to journalism, often reports on issues from a feminist perspective In addition to being the author of the books Big Girls Don t Cry gender dynamics in the 2008 election and All the Single Ladies the single woman s contribution to women s independence , she has also written many memorable shorter pieces on woman and politics, most recently for New York Magazine, including Hillary Clinton Is Furious And Resigned And Funny And Worried 5 26 217 , a profile of Elizabeth Warren called Leader of the Persistence 7 22 2018 , and Serena Williams and the Game that Can t be Won Yet 9 9 2018 Also, she may sometimes be seen on MSNBC particularly with her good friend Chris Hayes of All In chatting about the intersection of feminism and politics Two years ago Traister was planning to write a book about Hillary Clinton s election, and it was this idea which led to Good and Mad Here s the way she tells to story in a recent New York Times interview 9 28 2018 I was thinking that I might write a book if Hillary Clinton had won I d felt the rise of racism and misogyny during the presidential campaign The pop culture backlash the fury of the all women Ghostbusters and Star Wars jedis who weren t white guys I felt like we were in the midst of an extremely punishing moment And that s what I guessed I might be writing about throughout Hillary Clinton s administration, if there was one And then there wasn t one But in early 2017, I was walking with my husband, and I felt like my brain was going to boil I was telling him how it was hard for me to think because I was so angry He said to me, Well maybe that s your book anger I was like, Of course, that s my bookGood and Mad is powered by Traister s anger and illuminated by stories about how she used or failed to use that anger for good purpose, from her high school years in the 90 s up to the present It is also filled with anecdotes in which other women talk to her about how they suppressed or wielded their anger But Traister s book moves beyond herself and her peers to explore the history of women and their fight for human rights, from the abolitionist movement to Metoo, and to suggest ways in which that anger may be expressed in the challenging days to come.I like many things about Traister s book, but the three things I like best are 1 the artful casualness with which she reminds us of the anger of not yet famous and forgotten women in the struggles of the past thirty years, 2 her willingness to explore the wrongheaded choices women have occasionally made because of anger, and 3 the graceful, engaging literary style she uses to weave this and so much else together.Here are some of the angry women Traister mentions in her account of the last thirty years Patty Murray a housewife from Washington state who angrily watched the Anita Hill hearings and decided to run for the senate Maxine Waters a first term South Central congresswoman who refused to condemn her constituents rage at the height of the Rodney King riots Kanene Holder and Ren Jender who spoke up about misogyny in the Occupy Wall Street movement Alicia Garza and Patrisse Khan Cullors who initiated the hashtag BlackLivesMatter Brittany Packnetty, Johnetta Elzie, Nekima Levy Pounds, Elle Hearns who moved the BlackLivesMatter movement forward Bree Newsome who scaled the Carolina Statehouse flagpole, ripping down the Rebel flag Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika Mallory who organized the the post inaugural Women s March and Parkland high school student Emma Gonzales who spoke eloquently of her experience of gun violence The effect on me of all these contemporary names concrete signifiers of constructive female rage was to enable me to see the last 175 years of women s activism which Traister proceeds both to summarize and illuminate as a rich tapestry embroidered with other names equally worthy of remembrance Rose Schneiderman orator of the 1908 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire strike Pauli Murray lawyer and author of legal theories on civil rights which influenced Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Storm DeLarverie lesbian cabaret performer and instigator of the so called Stonewall Riots and many others.I also like the way Traister writes about the misapplied uses of female anger, particularly the way some early feminists became hostile to black men when they received the franchise before white women did Some white suffragists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony, livid at having put aside their emphasis on women s enfranchisement to focus on abolition through the Civil War, and angry at their abolitionist allies for what they understood as political abnadonment were so mad at having at having to stand back as their allies moved a step forward, that they struck out fiercely, revealing their own deep racism Stanton wrote in 1865, It becomes a serious question whether we white women had better stand aside and see Sambo walk into the kingdom firstThis was a story I had not heard, and I was glad Traister told it to me But I was evendelighted with the rich, comprehensive style which makes Traister s narrative so expert, and so seemingly effortless The Comte de Buffon has informed us that le style c est l homme, and of course the style is the woman too, and it is the plenitude of Traister the person her ability, like Whitman, to contain multitudes that makes her such an excellent writer Rebecca Traister is angry, of course, but she is also filled with good humor, common sense, a gift for seeing ironies, a talent for self criticism, a sanguine attitude toward the future, and a genuinely liking for men Whether she is speaking of her high school experiences as a waitress, relating her own horrible Harvey Weinstein story not about predatory sexuality, but about rage , offering a post election analysis of Hillary, or defending the controversial work of second wave feminist Andrea Dworkin, she is always and everywhere herself This is a rich book I could have written three different reviews of it, at least, mentioning other strengths, other themes But at the end of each of these reviews, I would have said the same thing Rebecca Traister is clearly both as a writer and a person a woman with style

  2. says:

    An excellent book about the power of women s anger and its potential to improve the political sphere Rebecca Traister writes about how women s anger has been characterized as hysterical, too destructive, and outright unhelpful She unearths the sexism underlying these characterizations and argues that women have every right to feel angry given the oppression they have experienced, and their anger has, throughout history, helped launch movements and revolutions that have changed the world for th An excellent book about the power of women s anger and its potential to improve the political sphere Rebecca Traister writes about how women s anger has been characterized as hysterical, too destructive, and outright unhelpful She unearths the sexism underlying these characterizations and argues that women have every right to feel angry given the oppression they have experienced, and their anger has, throughout history, helped launch movements and revolutions that have changed the world for the better A quote that captures her view on women s angerWe must train ourselves to even be able to see and hear anger from women and understand it not only as rational, but as politically weighty It is, in fact, an anger on behalf of the nation s suppressed majority and therefore especially frightening and combustible because of the treat it poses to the minority We are primed to hear the anger of men as stirring, downright American, as our national lullaby, and primed to hear the sound of women demanding freedom as the screech of nails on our national chalkboard That s because women s freedom would in fact circumscribe white male dominion I loved two aspects of Good and Mad the most Traister s ability to integrate multiple sources of information as well as the attention she pays to how white women have often undermined feminism due to their passive and or active racism Similar to her amazing book All the Single Ladies , Traister analyzes the stigmatization and strength of women s anger using research studies, interviews, historical facts, andHer prose comes across as energetic and exciting, even with all the dense information she incorporates, which speaks to her skill as a nonfiction writer Further, she spends several sections of the book interrogating how white women have contributed to white supremacist patriarchy by supporting white men, white women, and whiteness overall over women of color, specifically black women Traister gives due credit to black women writing in depth about Maxine Waters, Michelle Obama, Barbara Lee, andwho have consistently led the charge for equality and justice even in the face of gendered racism.As someone who firmly believes in the power of anger to fight oppression, I appreciated this book so much I do wish that Traister had incorporated the voices of queer womenas well as atargeted critique of capitalism, especially in the section about women feeling angry toward the men in their personal lives This section felt the least developed to me Looking toward queer women who have helped push her analysis beyond heterosexual relationships and heteronormativity Even a couple of paragraphs critiquing capitalism could have strengthened her interrogation of women s economic dependence on men Of course,perspectives from other women of color in addition to black women would have been nice, but I can see why she focused on the disenfranchisement and activism of black women specifically Overall, a great read I would recommend to those interested in feminism, politics, and psychology Good and Mad may not offer loads of new information to those already well versed in women s studies and the history of women s rights, but Traister still assembles a compelling, affirming argument in favor of women s anger Forsplendid books on this topic, check out Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde and Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper

  3. says:

    A meditation on the history of women s rage in America, Good and Mad charts the rise of the MeToo movement following the election of an openly racist and sexist candidate in 2016 Rebecca Traister begins by examining the ways in which white male anger dominated the 2016 election, and she ends by considering the consequences of a social movement that takes seriously women s anger concerning sexual assault, professional discrimination, and political marginalization Across the book the author inc A meditation on the history of women s rage in America, Good and Mad charts the rise of the MeToo movement following the election of an openly racist and sexist candidate in 2016 Rebecca Traister begins by examining the ways in which white male anger dominated the 2016 election, and she ends by considering the consequences of a social movement that takes seriously women s anger concerning sexual assault, professional discrimination, and political marginalization Across the book the author includes biographies of women politicians, from Shirley Chisholm to Hillary Clinton narrates the history of women s suffrage and second wave feminism and analyzes the many forms female rage takes, whether tears or marches Traister also takes on white women s attachment to white patriarchy, and she deconstructs how the media and male politicians trivialize women s pain, especially that of Black women Written in just four months, Good and Mad moves at an exhilarating pace, but the author s arguments are thorough and wide ranging

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    Powerful, important, mind opening stuff, that s well worth reading I m not holding my breath, but I hope the book sells like hotcakes and becomes a popular manifesto for woke women activists, candidates, advocates, volunteers, and leaders and girls and parents and teachers and spouses and mentors and writers and siblings and friends and role models and, yes, men too.It s not an easy read In fact, it s the opposite, because it will make you sad and uncomfortable and angry and, Powerful, important, mind opening stuff, that s well worth reading I m not holding my breath, but I hope the book sells like hotcakes and becomes a popular manifesto for woke women activists, candidates, advocates, volunteers, and leaders and girls and parents and teachers and spouses and mentors and writers and siblings and friends and role models and, yes, men too.It s not an easy read In fact, it s the opposite, because it will make you sad and uncomfortable and angry and, well, that s the whole pointAnd that sthan OK.The book is not only informative and eye opening and potentially perspective altering but, from an advocacy standpoint, the book is a treasure trove of sound bites and quotable, inspirational nuggets that I expect speech writers, commentators, and essayists will mine for years to come Conversely, it dramatically slowed my reading speed, as I not only bookmarked heavily, but re read passages and tested rolling numerous passages off my tongue I just found this someone has already created a highlight reel and, well, you get the point Fortunately, the book is extensively indexed and footnoted for future reference.I read this very soon OK, almost immediately after its release publication, and that worked well for me For me, it was a form of catharsis after two weeks of extensive, but largely pointless and inefficient rage tweeting about sexism and white male privilege and women s voices and our societal failure to hear and protect and validate victims of sexual assault abuse harassment.I found it incredibly timely, particularly in terms of current events not just over the last two weeks, but, realistically, over the last two years and, to a limited extent, as hoped, comforting and affirming and, yes, cathartic I have no idea how well it will stand the test of time over months, years, or decades , but I m very glad I devoted a significant chunk of my weekend to the book Reader s nit this book was obviously written for women and, no doubt, most of its buyers and readers and adopters and sharers will be women And that makes sense But that s a shame, because men need to read this too and come to grips with its timely, important, and resonant message

  5. says:

    Recommended A For people who understand exactly why women are angryand B For people who just can t understand why women are angry.

  6. says:

    Let me tell you how I started reading Good and Mad from Rebecca Traister I was watching Dr Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee I was also on Twitter, because I wanted to experience this momentous hearing with other people, even though I was on my recliner recovering from surgery.Chris Hayes started tweeting about this book with Ezra Klein They were both reading advance copies, and felt it was incredibly relevant to Dr Ford s behavior versus Judge Kavanaugh s Let me tell you how I started reading Good and Mad from Rebecca Traister I was watching Dr Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee I was also on Twitter, because I wanted to experience this momentous hearing with other people, even though I was on my recliner recovering from surgery.Chris Hayes started tweeting about this book with Ezra Klein They were both reading advance copies, and felt it was incredibly relevant to Dr Ford s behavior versus Judge Kavanaugh s At the time, I also had an advance copy on my ebook shelf But I had planned to read a few other books first Following a first in, first read policy Since I too was struck by the different emotional reactions of these two people, I had to start this book that same day in resisting and dissenting today, we are playing our parts in a story with long, righteous, proud roots p 247, print copy Good and Mad is positively stupendous Not because it makes me happy to read about the systemic and ongoing subjugation of women But because it makes me ecstatic to see that other women are just as angry as I am And that they re doing something about it.Traister discusses women s anger in the context of history, from suffragists to the Equal Rights Amendment movement Throughout the book, she connects these historic events back to today I appreciate the long view this gives readers, because fighting systemic oppression is always a long view.Another key element of Good and Mad, is the intersectional aspects of women s anger Traister tells the stories of women of color from Mamie Till to Carol Moseley Braun to Patrisse Khan Cullors The stories of Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, who after the historic Stonewall Inn raid and riots went on to found gay and trans support organizations Cisgender, straight, white women are late to the protest, activist party Of course, there is also the reality that when women do explode with rage, even if the effect is to catalyze a social movement, their anger will never be recorded, never noted, never recalled or understood as nation reshaping The fact that we can often only register the fury of white men as heroic is so established that it would verge on the comical if it weren t so deeply tragic p 88, print copy A 2018 book about women s anger would be incomplete without discussion of the metoo movement Traister explains where the hashtag began Hint it wasn t with the Hollywood folks calling out Harvey Weinstein Instead, it was first used by Tarana Burke, a lifelong advocate for the rights and health of women of color, who had first coined the term me too precisely because she wanted to let women, particularly young women of color, know that they are not alone p 191, print copy Sexual harassment, assault, and abuse are a crucial part of this history of anger Traister lays out women s experiences, as well as the opposing viewpoints from other women and, of course, men Be prepared for both depressing and inspiring moments The difficult parts are essential to understanding how women have reaching our current boiling point, so hang in there.As she did in the stellar Big Girls Don t Cry, Traister also talks about the conundrum of women s political anger When you hear a female politician or public figure, does she speak in only measured tones And when she doesn t, what is the reaction from colleagues or media You know the answer When women express their anger or displeasure, or challenge men with force and strategy they re vilified.Gatherings of protesters, which have lately included many women, are portrayed as mobs without control It s an exaggeration or an outright lie because the minority feels out of control And yet, these actions speaking out and protesting have given many women focus and hope.My conclusionsGood and Mad made me think long and hard about my own experiences, especially about what I ve swept under carpet because I didn t want to make someone angry or truly be angry myself I m thinking about all the times when laughing and trying to be the cool girl was the only option I thought I had It breaks my heart for that younger me.I m also one of those cisgender, white, hetero women channeling my anger into political activism Like women Traister mentions, it makes me feel better Plus, I want to actively work at leaving a better world for my grandchildren.There isdepth to this book than a blog post can begin to review I d like to buy it for all of my good girlfriends More importantly, I d like to discuss it with them and with the men in my life It s not hyperbole to say this will be a pre eminent book about women s history for decades to come.AcknowledgementsMany thanks to NetGalley, Simon Schuster, and the author for the opportunity to read the advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.Originally published on my book blog, TheBibliophage.com

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    Good and Mad was illuminating, even for someone like me who considers herself reasonably well read on feminist issues Inspired, obviously, by women s anger in the aftermath of Trump s election, the book delves into other times when women s anger has resulted in massive change abolition, votes for women, second wave feminism and rightfully identifies it as patriotic and in fact emblematic of the values on which the U.S was founded despite the derision with which it is viewed by those who fe Good and Mad was illuminating, even for someone like me who considers herself reasonably well read on feminist issues Inspired, obviously, by women s anger in the aftermath of Trump s election, the book delves into other times when women s anger has resulted in massive change abolition, votes for women, second wave feminism and rightfully identifies it as patriotic and in fact emblematic of the values on which the U.S was founded despite the derision with which it is viewed by those who feel threatened by it.In addition to looking at the many issues related to the 2016 U.S presidential election, Rebecca Traister provides a sophisticated analysis of the Harvey Weinstein accusations and the many additional accusations that followed in their wake While attention seeking antifeminists like Katie Roiphe moan that metoo is turning us into a crowd of fearful prudes, Traister sheds some actual light on the situation, pointing out that, as unwelcome as unwanted sexual attention can be in a university or work setting, the sex itself isn t the entire point Women s career opportunities can be severely limited by a sexually hostile environment, and not just in the typical have sex with me or you re fired sense Think about the women who worked for Weinstein s company Who waslikely to advance in her career, the woman who was willing to abet his activities, to play along, to roll her eyes and say that s just Harvey, or the one who refused to have any part of it I ve never been sexually harassed in the literal sense, but I have definitely seen women advance ahead of me who werewilling to laugh at the boss s obvious sexism and gross pervertedness than I was Regardless of whether you re offended by the actual behavior of certain men in power, the fact that it can limit women s opportunities in this way is reason enough to call it out and demand change I guess I knew all of this already, but hearing Traister frame it this way made so much sense It s also a great argument to introduce to clueless people who think talking about workplace flirtation and ass grabbing in the same breath as actual assault is somehow cheapening the issue Oh, and speaking of Matt Damon, Traister provides a fabulous discussion of men s and women s reactions to the many accusations, and how those reactions were judged.A great thing about Rebecca Traister is that she s so knowledgeable, so good hud and sensible, that when she goes for the jugular it feels totally earned and so satisfying Butthan that, this book was inspiring I loved hearing about all the women who ve become newly engaged in activism and even decided to run for office, and I greatly appreciated the way Traister put this new round of activism, including its clashes and disagreements, in historical context.I really hope Good and Mad becomes a bestseller in the U.S Obviously a lot has gone on in the past two years, and we definitely need a voice like Traister s to sum it up and analyze it and provide a way forward If you read and appreciate Good and Mad, be sure to check out her earlier books, Big Girls Don t Cry and All the Single Ladies There are a lot of feminist writers publishing books these days and all of them are valuable and welcome, but by every possible metric, Rebecca Traister is one of our very best

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    Rebecca Traister has done it She s written a book that had me nearly sobbing with frustration as she methodically dredged up every injustice that has knocked the wind out of me over the past two years no, the past forty years , that had me worrying that she would leave me spluttering with helpless anger and reawakened grief And her book, became, by the conclusion, something that left me feeling newly empowered and reluctant to transmute my fury into something nice and really, really pi Rebecca Traister has done it She s written a book that had me nearly sobbing with frustration as she methodically dredged up every injustice that has knocked the wind out of me over the past two years no, the past forty years , that had me worrying that she would leave me spluttering with helpless anger and reawakened grief And her book, became, by the conclusion, something that left me feeling newly empowered and reluctant to transmute my fury into something nice and really, really pissed off.I predict future editions will have a postscript on Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford but the current book is in no way lacking because it went to press before late September 2018 Because Traister perfectly explains and foretells what happened Himpathy and the backlash against MeToo has already been underway This isn t the first or the last book on women s anger, but it s very important right now, and could truly make a difference The audiobook is exceptional and read by Traister herself Wow

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    Sufficiently angry ier after reading this book.ESSENTIAL reading for 2019.Guaranteed to rile you up and ignite a spark of rebellion in your soul If you re not ready to storm the castle and take down with the patriarchy after reading this book, you re probably a man To be honest, this book is both inspiring and emotionally exhausting I m still thinking about it, and still angry I posted my five star review on FB, and a friend troll sent me a private message mocking me and calling it Sufficiently angry ier after reading this book.ESSENTIAL reading for 2019.Guaranteed to rile you up and ignite a spark of rebellion in your soul If you re not ready to storm the castle and take down with the patriarchy after reading this book, you re probably a man To be honest, this book is both inspiring and emotionally exhausting I m still thinking about it, and still angry I posted my five star review on FB, and a friend troll sent me a private message mocking me and calling it female hysteria This is the same guy that started an argument on my FB a couple years ago trying to mansplain to everyone that there is no wage gap, women are just inferior in the workplace because of children, lack of focus, and too many breaks This book is sure to be polarizing to people Either you get it or you don t In lieu of a summary, which I am sure you are already well aware of the main points, I ll leave you with a few of my favorite passages On some level, if not intellectual than animal, there has always been an understanding of the power of women s anger that as an oppressed majority in the United States, women have long had within them the potential to rise up in fury, to take over a country in which they ve never really been offered their fair or representative stake Perhaps the reason that women s anger is so broadly denigrated treated as so ugly, so alienating, and so irrational is because we have known all along that with it came the explosive power to upturn the very systems that have sought to contain it.What becomes clear, when we look to the past with an eye to the future, is that the discouragement of women s anger via silencing, erasure, and repression stems from the correct understanding of those in power that in the fury of women lies the power to change the world But I say this to all the women reading this now, and to my future self What you are angry about now injustice will still exist, even if you yourself are not experiencing it, or are tempted to stop thinking about how you are experience it, and how you contribute to it Others are still experiencing it, still mad some of them are mad at you Don t forget them don t write off their anger Stay made for them Stay mad with them They re right to be mad, and you re right to be mad alongside them Being mad is correct being mad is American being mad can be joyful and productive and connective Don t ever let them talk you out of being mad again If you wake up in the morning caring about something, Cain told the potential future leaders of America crowding the wood paneled room, notepads out, you are qualified to run for office The message echoes one delivered by Higher Heights co founder Peeler Allen to the black women she advises, many of whom lack confidence Each one of you is beyond prepared to run for public office You need to channel your inner mediocre white boy and use that to run Ms Magazine, Holding the Line for Women Rebecca Traister in The CutThe Other Women s March on Washington What s the fastest way to fix a broken system Take it over, say the record number of female candidates running for office in 2018 for the first time Rebecca Traister does such an excellent job, I m already looking forward to All the Single Ladies Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

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    The fact that lots of people could extend such sympathy for Charlie Rose affirmed a bunch of things First, that the world is stacked in favor of men, yes, in a way that is so widely understood as to be boring, invisible, just life.Butdeeply, it was a reminder of how easily we can see in men even in the bad ones talent Brilliance Complexity Humanity We manage to look past their flaws and sexual violations to what value they bring to the world It is the direct oppositThe fact that lots of people could extend such sympathy for Charlie Rose affirmed a bunch of things First, that the world is stacked in favor of men, yes, in a way that is so widely understood as to be boring, invisible, just life.Butdeeply, it was a reminder of how easily we can see in men even in the bad ones talent Brilliance Complexity Humanity We manage to look past their flaws and sexual violations to what value they bring to the world It is the direct opposite, in many ways, of how we view women, whose successes can still be blithely attributed to the fact that the boss wanted to fuck themGood and Mad is probably the best contemporary feminist text I ve read Smart, biting, and unapologetic, Traister meditates on the post 2016 election state of affairs in America Trump, Weinstein, MeToo, school shootings, police brutality and contextualizes all of this into a coherent narrative, the root of which is not so surprisingly white supremacy and patriarchal infrastructures As an American who s been sad and disheartened and yes, angry, every day since the election, who s overwhelmed daily by the constant stream of depressing state of world affairs on Twitter, it was nice to read a refreshingly intersectional analysis of the times we re living in that doesn t write off the potential of the numerous female led protests and movements that have arisen in recent years Traister s central thesis is that female anger is good, healthy, constructive she cites numerous examples of women, often women of color, who have refused to be silenced by the sociopolitical structures that have endeavored to dismiss their anger as irrational This was at times frustrating to read because sometimes it feels like the sexism and racism in US politics is an unassailable force, but Traister herself has no interest in that kind of cynicism, ending this book on a note that succeeds in inspiring I couldn t recommend this highly enough

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