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The Terror Dream by Susan Faludi
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Oct 30, 2007

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In this case, "what I learned from this book" seems more appropriate than ever. The book posits America's response to 9/11 against historical incidences in America's past that elicited similar responses. More plainly: throughout America's history, whenever the sanctity of the home/frontier/motherland was threatened, be it by Indians or terrorists, there were always strong movements to retreat to imagined male & female roles. Strong protector; weak, docile women.
The worst stuff, though, was reading about the treatment of women in the media post 9/11. Bashing women writers, pre-emptive strikes on feminist theories, cutting women's voices out of political TV shows, etc. Since I don't spend too much time in mass media, this was very alarming and much stronger part of Faludi's argument than her visits to history.
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