Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

Staff Pick

Journalist Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger (Simon & Schuster, $27), is part history, part social commentary, and part polemic, a brilliantly woven analysis of how and why female fury has shaped American social movements and politics over the past two years—and past two centuries. Traister is especially masterful in explaining how a minority (white men) have consistently succeeded in subjugating a majority (women) by dividing women along racial lines and co-opting white women (53 percent of whom voted for Trump) into supporting the norms and institutions of the white patriarchy. She gives credit long overdue to African-American feminists and activists whose efforts have so often been overlooked by white feminists and progressives. Through it all, Traister remains hopeful. The eruption of women’s anger after the 2016 election, she argues, was a good sign. Women are increasingly willing to acknowledge and embrace their anger, she says, and their collective rage could prove a potent weapon against Trump and his crude attempts to stymie women’s progress and protect the white patriarchy at the expense of everyone else.

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ISBN: 9781501181795
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: S&S/ Marysue Rucci Books - October 2nd, 2018