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

By: Berg, Barbara J.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Chicago : Chicago Review Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (433 p.).ISBN: 9781569763308.Subject(s): Men - United States - Psychology | Men -- United States -- Psychology | Sex discrimination against women - United States | Sex discrimination against women -- United States | Sex role - United States | Sex role -- United States | Sexism - United States | Sexism -- United States | Women - United States | Women -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Sexism in America : Alive, Well, and Ruining Our FutureDDC classification: 305.420973 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Front Cover ; Table of Contents ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction Inequality-The New Normal ; 1 The Awakening of American Women ; 2 Feminism Takes Flight ; 3 Gender Roles Under Fire ; 4 Do Not Bend, Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate ; 5 Reagan and the Great Reality Check ; 6 Welfare Queens, Herculean Women, and Sex-Starved Stalkers ; 7 The Mixed Bag of Bill Clinton ; 8 Bushwinked to Bushwhacked ; 9 9/11 and Women ; 10 9/11 and Men ; 11 Military Madness ; 12 Starve the Beast, Sink the Nation ; 13 Bodily Harm ; 14 Birth-Control Activitists, Please Phone Home
15 Trouble@edu 16 The Campaign Against Working Women ; 17 Mothers Matter(s) ; 18 Unpopular Culture ; 19 Missing at the Multiplex ; 20 The Disappearing Girl ; 21 Toxic Males and Tarty Females ; 22 Desperately Seeking Self ; 23 More Than a Few Good Women ; Conclusion: The Change We Need ; Resources ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
Summary: 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.
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Front Cover ; Table of Contents ; Acknowledgments ; Introduction Inequality-The New Normal ; 1 The Awakening of American Women ; 2 Feminism Takes Flight ; 3 Gender Roles Under Fire ; 4 Do Not Bend, Fold, Spindle, or Mutilate ; 5 Reagan and the Great Reality Check ; 6 Welfare Queens, Herculean Women, and Sex-Starved Stalkers ; 7 The Mixed Bag of Bill Clinton ; 8 Bushwinked to Bushwhacked ; 9 9/11 and Women ; 10 9/11 and Men ; 11 Military Madness ; 12 Starve the Beast, Sink the Nation ; 13 Bodily Harm ; 14 Birth-Control Activitists, Please Phone Home

15 Trouble@edu 16 The Campaign Against Working Women ; 17 Mothers Matter(s) ; 18 Unpopular Culture ; 19 Missing at the Multiplex ; 20 The Disappearing Girl ; 21 Toxic Males and Tarty Females ; 22 Desperately Seeking Self ; 23 More Than a Few Good Women ; Conclusion: The Change We Need ; Resources ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index

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.

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Library Journal Review

This book is Berg's extremely persuasive dismissal of the claim that the United States is a "post-feminist, post-racial" society. Using testimonies from her survey of hundreds of American women, as well as extensively documented research, this self-admitted second-wave feminist gives a rapid-fire account of the advancement of women's rights and the continuing backlash on feminist progress from the 1950s to the present. Berg's feminist critique of seemingly gender-neutral events are a revelation. The attacks of 9/11, the war in Iraq, the current economic crisis, and the continuing health-care debate are examined with a keen eye toward their impact on women. Equally insightful is Berg's analysis of the setbacks facing the third wave of feminists in the United States. Limitations on contraception and abortion, the sexual harassment of women in the military, the fight for gay and lesbian equality, and the never-ending pay gap are but a few of the "new" issues tackled by Berg. Verdict 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. As Berg aptly states in her conclusion, "Everyone who believes in gender equality...must join together to push for progressive policies that will enhance all of our lives." Highly recommended.-Veronica Arellano, Univ. of Houston Libs., TX (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

CHOICE Review

Berg started her analysis of sexism based on data gleaned from her survey of 500 diverse women. In addition, she conducted in-depth interviews of 500 women over time. However, those data are not as integrated into her work as they might be. Berg critiques gender roles, the status of women in education, workplace discrimination, and the wage gaps that women still face. One chapter focuses on women's health needs, including sex education, contraception, abortion, and women's body image issues leading to cosmetic surgery and anorexia. Berg dedicates one chapter to popular culture and personalities from Maureen Dowd to Sarah Palin. Another chapter focuses on "toxic males and tarty females," and it is not a critique. Berg's work ends with 8 pages of "helpful resources" and 70 pages of footnotes, comprising one fourth of the book. The work lacks purpose, substance, depth, and organization. Individual readers or public libraries may wish to purchase this book, but it is not appropriate for academic collections. Summing Up: Not recommended. J. A. Fiola Minnesota State University Moorhead

Author notes provided by Syndetics

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. She lives in New York City.

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