I'm not getting on with Wifework. I don't know why - I think it's just her style of writing. Should I try again? Other than the fact that I already know I'm a frustrated domestic drudge and will reading a book about it help me not to be?
I read it about 5 months ago and thought it was brilliant. My two cents:
I thought it was a book that all feminists could relate to: liberal, radical...
But, she's obviously a liberal, not a radical, and there were quite a few areas that I disagreed with her. I got the feeling that feminism for her was about competing with men, on their terms
She slags off Betty Friedan's book, Second Stage, and went on to say that Friedan was pissed off she couldn't compete with Gloria Steinem, who was more attractive. I was at the thought that Betty Friedan, the woman who re-started the feminist revolution of the fifties, would be bothered about competing with another feminist in the looks department
I've read the first few chapters of The Second Stage, and realise that Betty Friedan was moving away from the rather conservative feminism of The Feminine Mystique and onto a more radical analysis, and Susan Faludi absolutely could not relate to this new stance
I may be way off the mark, though.
Anyway, I loved Backlash and I'm looking forward to reading it again
I've just read the new 2006 preface, and realise that, either I misunderstood her stance the first time round, or Faludi herself has recanted, and change some of her outlook, Am getting into reading it