This week has been almost unbearably brutal. I am heartbroken, exhausted, and also incandescent with rage. I know I’m not alone in those feelings.
I wanted to shine a spotlight on an incredibly timely upcoming release:
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister.
From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies—whom Anne Lamott called “the most brilliant voice on feminism in this country”—comes a vital, incisive exploration into the transformative power of female anger and its ability to transcend into a political movement.
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 marching on 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.
Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister will be released on October 2nd, 2018. You can Pre-order it now.
Let’s channel our rage to create effective and lasting change.
To my fellow USians:
- If you’re not registered to vote, you can do so here
- Double and triple check your voter registration status here
- Find a local Indivisible chapter to get involved with
- Call your senators
- If you need to talk to someone, you can call 800.656.HOPE (4673) 24/7, or visit rainn.org for additional resources