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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. Rebecca Traister 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 offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women's collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 253-271) and index.
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Eruption. Sleeping giant The grand illusion We're not cheerful anymore The winter of our discontent Medusas. Hold your temper/hold your tongue The circle of entrapment: the heavy price of rage Dress up your anger How minority rules Season of the witch. Getting away with it Trust no one Collateral damage Sympathy for the devils The furies. The exhilaration of activism Restorative justice My sisters are here.