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

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  7,189 ratings  ·  1,210 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Simon & Schuster
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Bill Kerwin

It is rare, but occasionally, just the right book, written by just the right person, will be published at just the right time. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me (2015), released near the height of BlackLivesMatter, is a good example of a “just right” book; Rebecca Traister’s Good and Mad: the Revolutionary Power of Women (2018), released five days after Dr. Blasey-Ford’s testimony—and four days before Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation—is an equally powerful example.

Traister, no newcomer
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Thomas
An excellent book about the power of women's anger and its potential to improve the political sphere. Rebecca Traister writes about how women's anger has been characterized as hysterical, too destructive, and outright unhelpful. She unearths the sexism underlying these characterizations and argues that women have every right to feel angry given the oppression they have experienced, and their anger has, throughout history, helped launch movements and revolutions that have changed the world for ...more
Michael
Nov 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
My review, as well as my other thoughts on reading, also can be found on my blog.

A meditation on the history of women’s rage in America, Good and Mad charts the rise of the #MeToo movement following the election of an openly racist and sexist candidate in 2016. Rebecca Traister begins by examining the ways in which white male anger dominated the 2016 election, and she ends by considering the consequences of a social movement that takes seriously women’s anger concerning sexual assault,
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Steve
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Powerful, important, mind-opening stuff, that's well worth reading.

(I'm not holding my breath, but) I hope the book sells like hotcakes and becomes a popular manifesto for "woke" women activists, candidates, advocates, volunteers, and leaders ... and girls ... and parents and teachers and spouses and mentors and writers and siblings and friends and role models ( ... and, yes, men too).

It's not an easy read. In fact, it's the opposite, because it will make you sad and uncomfortable and angry and,
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Eilonwy
Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Recommended:

A) For people who understand exactly why women are angry

and

B) For people who just can't understand why women are angry.
Barbara (The Bibliophage)
Let me tell you how I started reading Good and Mad from Rebecca Traister. I was watching Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I was also on Twitter, because I wanted to experience this momentous hearing with other people, even though I was on my recliner recovering from surgery.

Chris Hayes started tweeting about this book with Ezra Klein. They were both reading advance copies, and felt it was incredibly relevant to Dr. Ford’s behavior versus Judge Kavanaugh’s.
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Julie Ehlers
Good and Mad was illuminating, even for someone (like me) who considers herself reasonably well-read on feminist issues. Inspired, obviously, by women's anger in the aftermath of Trump's election, the book delves into other times when women's anger has resulted in massive change (abolition, votes for women, second-wave feminism) and rightfully identifies it as patriotic and in fact emblematic of the values on which the U.S. was founded—despite the derision with which it is viewed by those who ...more
Holly
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, 2018-reads
Rebecca Traister has done it. She's written a book that had me nearly sobbing with frustration as she methodically dredged up every injustice that has knocked the wind out of me over the past two years - no, the past forty years - , that had me worrying that she would leave me spluttering with helpless anger and reawakened grief. And her book, became, by the conclusion, something that left me feeling newly empowered and reluctant to transmute my fury into something "nice" - and really, really ...more
Laura Noggle
Sufficiently angry(-ier) after reading this book.

ESSENTIAL reading for 2019.

Guaranteed to rile you up and ignite a spark of rebellion in your soul. If you're not ready to storm the castle and take down with the patriarchy after reading this book, you're probably a man.

To be honest, this book is both inspiring and emotionally exhausting. I'm still thinking about it, and still angry.

I posted my five-star review on FB, and a "friend" (/troll) sent me a private message mocking me and calling it:
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Rachel
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The fact that lots of people could extend such sympathy for [Charlie] Rose [...] affirmed a bunch of things. First, that the world is stacked in favor of men, yes, in a way that is so widely understood as to be boring, invisible, just life.

But more deeply, it was a reminder of how easily we can see in men -- even in the bad ones -- talent. Brilliance. Complexity. Humanity. We manage to look past their flaws and sexual violations to what value they bring to the world. It is the direct opposite,
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Robyn Hammontree
I finished this book on my lunch break, and I don't think I've ever needed a book more in my life. I read a lot of books, y'all. I would give this one 10 out of 5 stars if I could. It is spectacular. It is liberating. It is validating. It is important. It is among those very few books about which I will say, "Everyone needs to read this. Now."

So please, please, please: if you are a woman, or a human who loves women, or a person who cares about this world, read this book. I'll leave you with the
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E.B.
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
FUCK. YES.
vanessa
3.5. There is a lot here that is fascinating: the history of women's anger through angles such as cursing, crying, and humor/snark; insightful looks at women I knew of but not about (Maxine Waters, Pat Schroeder, Barbara Boxer); and the last 50 pages that look to the current activist moment and the future. If you're someone that is politically aware, who watches and reads the news, a lot of it was a recap of the past two years (the election, #MeToo, protests). In that sense, I wanted more (there ...more
Jess | thegreeneyedreader
4/5 - This is such an important book and I really enjoyed it, but it was a tad repetitive at times. Overall, I definitely recommend.
Corrie
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this. Traister has done it again. (If you haven't read All the Single Ladies, you need to go read it right now.)
A mixture of personal narrative, history, journalism and feminist critique, pick this up if you've found yourself angry at some point over the past two years, two decades or really, the last two millennia...

(Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC)
Britta Böhler
The right book at the right time. Informative and instructive for everybody interested in the current political situation in the US.
4.5*
Heather
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An extremely concise and comprehensive look at the #metoo movement and the reawakening of feminist anger and the revolutionary period we are in. I especially like her responses to those who counter that the movement is too radical and irrational. Very optimistic ending(obviously would have liked an extra chapter on the Kavanaugh confirmation and her opinion on its effect on movement) much needed in these times on the cumulative advances created by the recent surge of female anger.
Tara Brabazon
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is it. This is the one. If you think that the injustices, the groping, the abuse, the disrespect, the marginalization, the slander and the daily inconveniences of inequality were and are an individual problem, then you need to read this book.

Women - angry women - read this book. Get angrier. Do something.

Men - if you are ready for some reflection, some self-assessment and consideration of your behaviour at work, in bars, on the streets, in cars and in the bedroom - then read this. If you
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Nadine Jones
The election of Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton for the presidency of the United States in 2016 may have felt like a stinging, agonizing shock to many of us who lived through it. But in the context of American history, it should have been wholly unsurprising. In the wake of a challenge to white supremacy, in the form of two Obama administrations, racism won. Over the threat of a potential female leader, brutal masculinity won.


I thought this would be a nice read to pick up after finishing
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Hayley Stenger
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Frustrating, but important book. I love how it discusses the structure of society and the role women are supposed to take in society. It made me reflect on so much of what has been said to me in my life and how I reacted to it and how I should react moving forward. Also, I randomly found a shout out to the organization I volunteer with, seeing it mentioned was amazing and makes me feel hopeful.
Ericka Clouther
10 million stars. I'm recommending this to everyone. Despite the large number of books I've been reading about feminism, this one is still transformative. Has the slow trickle of oppression been why I've been just sloshing around in a vague depressed state for the last decade? I think so. It's like having someone snap their fingers in front of your face until you awaken to how powerful passionate (angry) groups of women can be, and how all this squashing of emotion has been maintaining a ...more
Bon
*wiping away inspired tears*

This is brilliant. Everything I've read of Traister's makes me just want to make a powerpoint and gesture furiously at it.

As someone interested in public sphere work and public speaking, I appreciated how the double standards women face, particularly politicans and other public-facing roles or positions of power, are laid out here. Be angry, emotional and relatable - but sacrifice poll points as you are seen as unfeminine, unlikeable. Be calm, rational - but
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Madelon
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of this book, GOOD AND MAD, drew my attention like a moth to a flame. Yes, my name is Madelon, and I answer happily to Maddy, but more often than not I hear "Hey, Mad." I have embraced the moniker as a statement of who I am and not necessarily my emotional state. And, I have been called an 'angry little woman.' How could I not read this book?

Women have been trained for centuries (maybe even millennia) to suppress anger and rage. Who is doing this to women? Mostly men, but other women
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Anna
[4.5*]

I've been composing a lengthy review/essay/rant while listening to this but now I don't have time to actually write all of my thoughts down. I hope I will find time but who knows. Anyway, I really liked this although I can't say I enjoyed it because it most certainly made me even more angry than I was before - and, believe me, I was already very angry. The last sections do give hope though, for which I am grateful.
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TRAISTER IS THE BEST, AND YES I AM YELLING ABOUT IT
Kelly
A spot-on approach to why women are so angry in today's western culture. Traister is great at being intersectional and delineating white women's experiences and alignment with a patriarchal system that can benefit them vs. the anger women of color feel both at the patriarchy and at white women benefitting from it.

This book was written and published quickly -- Traister even notes that in her conclusion -- but damn if it had waited until after the midterms because it would have added a whole
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Sarah
Well this was brilliant. Will try to get some thoughts up at the weekend!
Monica
Great book! A Rebecca Traister fangirl here! More to follow...

4+ Stars

Listened to audiobook.
Melissa
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, read-2018
From Seneca Falls to The Woman’s March to today, the only thing that has changed society is people who are “Good and Mad” and not going to take it anymore. This book could not be more timely and on point. Rebecca Traister has again managed to tap directly into the current moment and laid out not only the bizarro world and surreal times we currently find ourselves in, but gives great insight into how gender politics have played into how we got here, and where we go next. Read it! Give it to your ...more
Kari
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
I tore through this. I loved it - kept reading things to my husband that resonated (and that I knew he would recognize in me) and I cried a lot. There were so many recent things that I hoped would be included (like Nanette!) and then they were and I was delighted every time. I felt so deeply as I was reading it that these were pieces of history I should have been taught as a young girl, about all these brave and angry women who have made change in this country. It was empowering to read and fill ...more
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Rebecca Traister writes about politics and gender for Salon, and has contributed to the New York Observer, Elle, the New York Times, Vogue, the Nation and other publications. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband.
“But I say this to all the women reading this now, and to my future self: What you are angry about now - injustice - will still exist, even if you yourself are not experiencing it, or are tempted to stop thinking about how you are experience it, and how you contribute to it. Others are still experiencing it, still mad; some of them are mad at you. Don’t forget them; don’t write off their anger. Stay mad for them. Stay mad with them. They’re right to be mad, and you’re right to be mad alongside them. Being mad is correct; being mad is American; being mad can be joyful and productive and connective. Don’t ever let them talk you out of being mad again.” 18 likes
“On some level, if not intellectual then animal, there has always been an understanding of the power of women's anger:that as an oppressed majority in the United States, women have long had within them the potential to rise up in fury, to take over a country in which they've never really been offered their fair or representative stake. Perhaps the reason that women's anger is so broadly denigrated--treated as so ugly, so alienating, and so irrational--is because we have known all along that with it came the explosive power to upturn the very systems that have sought to contain it.
What becomes clear, when we look to the past with an eye to the future, is that the discouragement of women's anger--via silencing, erasure, and repression--stems from the correct understanding of those in power that in the fury of women lies the power to change the world.”
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