Backlash theory (20TH CENTURY)

Theory of male counterattack against feminism.

Women have made slow and steady, if relatively insubstantial, advances.

But in response to this a semi-consciously articulated campaign, or ‘backlash’ has developed in the last quarter of the 20th century to discredit women’s aspirations and to remove their gains, and to do so by any means from propaganda to violence.

Susan Faludi, Backlash (London, 1992)


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  1. gralion torile says:

    Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your weblog when you could be giving us something informative to read?

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