Good and Mad

Good and Mad

The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger

Book - 2018
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"In the year 2018, 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 chaining themselves to 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"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501181795
Characteristics: xxxi, 284 pages ; 24 cm


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Jan 08, 2020

Loved this book-- a perfect balance of history, modern social critique, and storytelling. Very well written.

👿 Someday, Real Soon Now—maybe.

RandomLibrarian Jul 24, 2019

Review excerpt: "I’ve been reading a lot of nonfiction lately, especially books that focus on cultural or sociological analysis and the arduous work of reframing how we talk about and examine people, events, groups, or all of the above. 'Good and Mad' is a wonderful example and I highlighted the absolute crap out of it. I expect the file I sent back to the library was glad to get away from me. I enjoyed it in a cathartic manner because I was able to re-examine things I lived through but was too young or too inexperienced to fully comprehend the whys behind them, and because I was able to recognize the larger pattern hidden in or from history, which is at times both frustrating and soothing (I love patterns. So much). My biggest problem was that the resolution or call to action at the end felt insufficient, though that may be due to my own expectations and experience."

Cornelius_CrystalE Jun 19, 2019

In this well-researched book, Rebecca Traister discusses the ways in which women's anger is downplayed, ignored or described as hysterical. She suggests that anger at injustice, on behalf of oneself or others, is not only natural but can be politically powerful. This book made me mad but it also made me energized to stand up for myself and others.

Dec 06, 2018

A joyous slam dunk for advancing women's comfort level with their anger and inspiring ways to channel that anger going forward. Traister emphasizes that this book is not an emotional exploration of women's anger but rather "...the specific nexus of women's anger and American politics. In the United States, we have never been taught how noncompliant, insistent, furious women have shaped our history and our present, our activism and our art. We should be." Exceptionally well-written and researched, giving space to diverse voices (including white women-women of color relationships).

Nov 12, 2018

Traister does a fine job of capturing the current political moment, and the importance of women's anger within it. She relates it to prior American women's movements and addresses how women of color have been--and must be--key to progress for all. It's a call to action while events are still unfolding.

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