Susan Faludi

Susan Charlotte Faludi (/fəˈluːdi/; born April 18, 1959) is an American feminist,[1][2] journalist, and author. She won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism in 1991, for a report on the leveraged buyout of Safeway Stores, Inc., a report that the Pulitzer Prize committee commended for depicting the "human costs of high finance". She was also awarded the Kirkus Prize in 2016 for In the Darkroom.[3]

Susan Faludi
Susan Faludi
Susan Charlotte Faludi

April 18, 1959 (age 59)
EducationHarvard University
Known forBacklash

Biographical information

Faludi was born in 1959 in Queens, New York, and grew up in Yorktown Heights, New York. She was born to Marilyn (Lanning), a homemaker and journalist, and Stefánie Faludi (then known as Steven Faludi, and born István Friedman), who was a photographer.[4][5] Stefánie Faludi had emigrated from Hungary, was Jewish, and a survivor of the Holocaust; she eventually came out as a transgender woman and later died in 2015.[4] Susan Faludi has dual US-Hungarian citizenship.[6] Faludi's maternal grandfather was also Jewish.[4] Susan graduated from Harvard University with an A.B. summa cum laude in 1981, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and wrote for The Harvard Crimson, and became a journalist, writing for The New York Times, Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal Constitution, San Jose Mercury News, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications.

Throughout the eighties she wrote several articles on feminism and the apparent resistance to the movement. Seeing a pattern emerge, Faludi wrote Backlash, which was released in late 1991. In 2008–2009, Faludi was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study,[7] and during the 2013–2014 academic year, she was the Tallman Scholar in the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Bowdoin College.[8] She is married to fellow author Russ Rymer.[9] Since January 2013, Faludi has been a contributing editor at The Baffler magazine in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Stockholm University in Sweden.[10]

Major works

  • Faludi's 1991 book Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women argued that the 1980s saw a backlash against feminism, especially due to the spread of negative stereotypes against career-minded women. Faludi asserted that many who argue "a woman's place is in the home, looking after the kids" are hypocrites, since they have wives who are working mothers or, as women, they are themselves working mothers. This work won her the National Book Critics Circle Award for general nonfiction in 1991.[11] The book has become a classic feminist text, warning women of every generation that the gains of feminism should not be taken for granted.[12] In 2014, high-profile women such as journalists Jill Abramson and Katha Pollitt, actress/writer Lena Dunham, and feminist novelist Roxane Gay, among many others, reread each of the chapters of the book and examined their contemporary relevance. In September 2015, included Backlash among its list of "25 Bestsellers from the last 25 years you simply must make time to read."[13]
  • In her 1999 book Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man Faludi analyzes the state of the American man. Faludi argues that while many of those in power are men, most individual men have little power. American men have been brought up to be strong, support their families and work hard. But many men who followed this now find themselves underpaid or unemployed, disillusioned and abandoned by their wives. Changes in American society have affected both men and women, Faludi concludes, and it is wrong to blame individual men for class differences, or for plain differences in individual luck and ability, that they did not cause and from which men and women suffer alike.[14]
  • In The Terror Dream Faludi analyzes the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in light of prior American experience going back to insecurity on the historical American frontier such as in Metacom's Rebellion. Faludi argues that 9/11 reinvigorated in America a climate that is hostile to women. Women are viewed as weak and best suited to playing support roles for the men who protect them from attack.[15][16] The book was called a "tendentious, self-important, sloppily reasoned work that gives feminism a bad name" by the New York Times principal book reviewer Michiko Kakutani.[17] Another New York Times journalist, John Leonard, stated "In The Terror Dream a skeptical Faludi reads everything, second-guesses everybody, watches too much talking-head TV and emerges from the archives and the pulp id like an exorcist and a Penthesilea."[18] Sarah Churchwell in The Guardian says, "Ultimately Faludi is guilty of her own exaggerations and mythmaking, strong-arming her argument into submission."[19] On the other hand, Kirkus Reviews claimed that the book was a "rich, incisive analysis of the surreality of American life in the wake of 9/11" and that it was "brilliant, illuminating and essential."[20] Reviewing the book for Fresh Air, Maureen Corrigan praised Faludi for her "characteristic restraint and depth of research" and for her "rigorous insistence on truth".[21]
  • Faludi's most recent book, published in 2016, is In the Darkroom with Henry Holt & Co; it is about the "fluidity and binaries" of "modern transsexuality", inspired by Faludi's father coming out as a transgender woman.[22]

Faludi and feminism

Faludi has rejected the claim advanced by critics that there is a "rigid, monolithic feminist 'orthodoxy,'"[23] noting in response that she has disagreed with Gloria Steinem about pornography and Naomi Wolf about abortion.

Like Gloria Steinem,[24][25] Faludi has criticized the obscurantism prevalent in academic feminist theorizing, saying, "There's this sort of narrowing specialization and use of coded, elitist language of deconstruction or New Historicism or whatever they're calling it these days, which is to my mind impenetrable and not particularly useful."[26] She has also characterized "academic feminism's love affair with deconstructionism" as "toothless", and warned that it "distract[s] from constructive engagement with the problems of the public world".[23]



  • Faludi, Susan (1991). Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. New York: Crown.
  • Faludi, Susan (1999). Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. New York: William Morrow.
  • Faludi, Susan (2007). The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America. New York: Metropolitan Books.
  • Faludi, Susan (2016). In the Darkroom. New York: Metropolitan Books.

Essays and reporting

See also


  1. ^ Goldberg, Michelle (June 16, 2016). "Susan Faludi's 'In the Darkroom'". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Dean, Michelle (June 17, 2016). "Susan Faludi: the feminist writer on trans issues, Donald Trump and masculinity". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "C. E. Morgan". 2016 Kirkus Prize Winner in Fiction. February 29, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Susan Faludi. "Susan Faludi: getting to know my father, the woman | Books". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  5. ^ "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women - Nonfiction Classics for Students". 1959-04-18. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  6. ^ Susan Faludi (2016-12-05). "Susan Faludi: Hungary's sharp rightward turn is a warning to America". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-12-05.
  7. ^ Susan Faludi's Radcliffe Webpage: "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2011-10-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Abby McBride (June 13, 2013). "Bowdoin Welcomes Writer Susan Faludi as Tallman Scholar".
  9. ^ "AT HOME WITH: Susan Faludi and Russ Rymer; Sympathy for Men, Empathy With One". The New York Times. October 21, 1999.
  10. ^ Honorary Doctorates 2017:
  11. ^ Faludi, Susan (October 1, 1991). Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women. Crown. ISBN 0-517-57698-8.
  12. ^ Irin Carmon (July 25, 2014). "Welcome to Backlash Book Club".
  13. ^ Crystal Paul (September 29, 2015). "25 Bestsellers from the last 25 years you simply must make time to reread". Bustle.
  14. ^ Faludi, Susan (October 1, 2000). Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man. Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-380-72045-0.
  15. ^ Faludi, Susan (October 2, 2007). The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America. Metropolitan Books. ISBN 0-8050-8692-7.
  16. ^ Faludi, Susan (September 7, 2007). "America's Guardian Myths". The New York Times. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  17. ^ Michiko Kakutani (October 23, 2007). "9/11 Is Seen as Leading to an Attack on Women". The New York Times. Review of Susan Faludi. The Terror Dream.
  18. ^ John Leonard (October 14, 2007). "Macho Security State". The New York Times.
  19. ^ "We're at war, sweetheart". The Guardian. 22 March 2008. The Terror Dream by Susan Faludi, a persuasive analysis of post-9/11 sexism, is in danger of losing its way, says Sarah Churchwell
  20. ^ "Review: The Terror Dream". Kirkus Reviews.
  21. ^ Corrigan, Maureen (6 November 2007). "Susan Faludi Slams Media, Myths in 'Terror Dream'". NPR.
  22. ^ Cronn, Kirstin (2016-06-14). "IN THE DARKROOM by Susan Faludi". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  23. ^ a b Faludi, Susan (1997-05-13). "Revisionist Feminism: Entry 3". Dialogues: E-mail debates of newsworthy topics. Slate. ISSN 1091-2339. Retrieved 2018-09-29.
  24. ^ Mother Jones. "Gloria Steinem" Archived 2008-12-31 at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ Melissa Denes (January 16, 2005). "Feminism? It's Hardly Begun". The Guardian.
  26. ^ Conniff, Ruth (June 1993). "Susan Faludi - feminist author - Interview", The Progressive.

External links


Backlash may refer to:

Backlash (engineering), clearance between mating components

Backlash (sociology), a strong adverse reaction to an idea, action, or object

Backlash (pressure group), a UK group opposing the 2008 law criminalising possession of "extreme pornography"

Barrie Karp

Barrie Karp (born 1945 in Laredo, Texas) is an artist, independent scholar and academic. Karp grew up first in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre and then, in the later part of her childhood, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and the surrounding Lycoming County area. She has been an educator in philosophy, cultural studies, humanities and arts from a feminist and anti-racist perspective in New York City colleges and universities since 1970. Karp's practice has largely been as an educator whose pedagogy and practice sought to further define a rigorous mode of inquiry in feminist and anti-racist studies. Karp envisions feminism as a movement that can work across disciplinary boundaries and be informed by various traditions of inquiry. Her work has been informed by her lifelong study of psychoanalysis. Paintings of Karp's appeared in the November/December 2008 issue of Tikkun magazine and by the Tikkun editor's August 2009 online blog and in the spring 2012 issue of On the Issues Magazine. In 1988, she had a one-person exhibition at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


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Alexander Faludy (born 1983), English former child prodigy

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In the Darkroom

In the Darkroom is a memoir by Susan Faludi that was first published on June 14, 2016. The memoir centers on the life of Faludi's father, who came out as transgender and underwent sex reassignment surgery at the age of 76. It won the 2016 Kirkus Prize for nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.

Jeffrey Bruce Klein

Jeffrey Bruce Klein (born January 15, 1948) is an investigative journalist who co-founded Mother Jones in 1976.For its first issue he found a piece that won a National Magazine Award. He forced the resignation of Ronald Reagan’s chief foreign policy advisor, Richard V. Allen, at the 1980 Republican National Convention. At the San Jose Mercury News in 1983–92, he investigated The Pentagon’s secret programs to dominate space. Susan Faludi began Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women while working for Klein there. Returning in the 1990s to be Mother Jones’ editor-in-chief, Klein directed exposés of Newt Gingrich, Bob Dole, the top 400 political contributors in the U.S. and Donald Sipple, the Republicans' star image-maker. The investigative series on Speaker Gingrich led to his unprecedented public reprimand by the United States House of Representatives and a $300,000 fine. Klein made Mother Jones the first general-interest magazine to place its content on the Internet. In 2005, he co-produced for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer a series on China's rising economy that won a Gerald Loeb Award.

Kirkus Reviews

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LiP magazine

LiP: Informed Revolt was an American alternative magazine that took on various incarnations after its founding in 1996 by former Books (and later, Technology) editor Brian Awehali. It began in Chicago as a zine, distributed mostly at local bookstores and coffee shops, then began publishing online in 2001 before eventually evolving into a full-format North American periodical in 2003. It was run by an all-volunteer staff until 2007, and was devoted to politics, culture, sex and humor, and took a satirical, analytical, and often biting approach to what it called "a culture machine that strips us of our desires and sells them back as product and mass mediocracy."Contributors to the magazine included activists, cultural critics and literary figures, including Vandana Shiva, Tim Wise, Julia Butterfly Hill, Mark Crispin Miller, Martín Espada, Rebecca Solnit, David Solnit, Elizabeth "Betita" Martinez, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Jeff Chang, damali ayo, Chip Berlet, Michael Eric Dyson, Mary Roach, Boots Riley, Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, Heather Rogers, Timothy Kreider, Iain Boal, Jeff Conant, Neal Pollack, Neelanjana Banerjee, Antonia Juhasz, Bruce Levine, Josh MacPhee and Christopher Hitchens.

The magazine also regularly featured excerpts from contemporary and historical authors, including Susan Faludi, Mary Roach, Derrick Jensen, Eduardo Galeano, Winona LaDuke, Bertrand Russell, Elizabeth and Stuart Ewen, Mark Crispin Miller, Voltairine DeCleyre, Robin D.G. Kelley, Albert Camus, Dorothy Allison, Eduardo Antonio Parra, Liza Featherstone, Doug Henwood, Christian Parenti, Leslie Savan, Mark Zepezauer, John Ross, and Noam Chomsky.

LiP: Informed Revolt ceased publication in 2007. An anthology of the magazine's best collected works, Tipping the Sacred Cow: The Best of LiP: Informed Revolt was published by AK Press in 2008.

In an interview published on ZNet in October 2007, editor Brian Awehali was asked what the magazine and anthology were trying to communicate, and answered:

I describe the magazine and book as 'a literary fusillade devoted to a marvelous revolt for the overthrow of miserabilism.' I could have also described our chosen target as the crippling mass apparatus of dichotomized, linear, alienating and anthropocentric white supremacist patriarchal capitalist oligarchy, but for me, and for the magazine's approach, "miserabilism"—a Surrealist trope—is just a less tedious, more sufferable way to effectively describe the same complex of ideas.

Our primary emphasis was on divergence. LiP was meant to be a vehicle for imagining how to get a better world, using a variety of premises, especially unusual or unfamiliar ones (regardless of left/right orientation, though most of ours fell on the left), while avoiding common limiting assumptions. We deliberately avoided any programmatic focus, and instead spent most of our efforts challenging unfounded assumptions, and examining the propositional content, coercive framing, or simple illogic of prevailing (or in some cases emerging) political discourse.

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The budget was around $15 million. 20th Century Fox released it in the United States on June 12, 1987, where it grossed $98,735,548. Initial critical reaction was mixed; criticism focused on the thin plot. In subsequent years, the general public's attitude toward the film became positive, and it appeared on a 2015 Rolling Stone's reader's poll list as one of the best action films of all time. It spawned three direct sequels, Predator 2 (1990), Predators (2010) and The Predator (2018). A crossover with the Alien franchise produced the Alien vs. Predator films, which includes Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007).

Russ Rymer

Russ Rymer is an author and freelance journalist who has contributed articles to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, National Geographic, Harper’s, Smithsonian, Vogue, and Los Angeles Magazine, among other publications. His first book, Genie, a Scientific Tragedy (HarperCollins, 1993), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won a Whiting Award. It was translated into six languages and transformed into a NOVA television documentary. His second book, about the American Beach community in Florida, was American Beach: a Saga of Race, Wealth, and Memory (Harper Collins, 1998, re-subtitled American Beach: How "Progress" Robbed a Black Town--and Nation--of History, Wealth, and Power for the paperback edition). His third book and first novel, Paris Twilight, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2013.

In 2005, Russ Rymer became the editor-in-chief for Mother Jones, although he held this position for only one year. From 2011 to '13 Rymer was the Joan Leiman Jacobson Non-Fiction Writer in Residence at Smith College. He was the 2009-10 Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He has been a lecturer in Writing and Humanistic Studies and at the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT, a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, instructor at the California Institute of Technology, and Distinguished Writer in Residence at St. Mary's College in Moraga, California.

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation appointed Rymer a Guggenheim Fellow in 2002. In 2012 he was awarded the Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine reporting from abroad by the Overseas Press Club for his National Geographic report on the disappearance of languages. He is married to the writer Susan Faludi.

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Stiffed (band), an American punk rock band

Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man, a 1999 book about late-20th-century American masculinity by Susan Faludi

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The Terror Dream

The Terror Dream: Fear and fantasy in post 9/11 America is a 2007 book by Susan Faludi, in which the author argues that the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001 resulted in an attack on feminism.

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