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Good and Mad: How Women's Anger is Reshaping America | Rebecca Traister
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From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladieswhom Anne Lamott called the most brilliant voice on feminism in this countrycomes 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 womens anger has suddenly erupted into the public conversation. But long before Pantsuit Nation, before the Womens March, and before the #MeToo movement, womens anger was not only politically catalyticbut politically problematic. The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded womens 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 fuelfrom 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 womens 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 womens collective fury has become transformative political fuelas is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs societys (and the medias) 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, Traisters latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of womens collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really liked this non fiction about women in my politics right now. People are mad and taking action.

Emilymdxn I loved this book! 1w
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monalyisha
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This book about female anger: its historic, current, & manipulative suppression; its insurrectionist release; & its power to change the world (largely through politics) is nuanced, carefully-researched, & passionate. Well-worth the read (or listen)!

*Likely the shortest review I‘ve ever written, but this in no way reflects the time you should spend with it.

monalyisha I listened to the audio, so I couldn‘t go back to look for quotes but there‘s an entire *chapter* that I wanted to pull out & record! It‘s a discussion of men‘s discomfort, specifically in the #MeToo age, & about their complaint that they constantly worry that their actions & intentions will be misinterpreted (personally & professionally) as sexual or threatening; she makes the point that this is how women & people of color ALWAYS feel. YES! (edited) 1mo
Leftcoastzen An incredible book.So glad I read it. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I LOVED this book. 1mo
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Samplergal
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This song was written in 1972 for the feminist wing of the DNC held in Miami. I was a raging feminist back then. And I‘m angrier now than I was then. I marched at age 17 for Roe. Marched for ERA amendment. Why is this generation not? I‘d love to hear what other generations think. #goodBook.

Bookwomble I think there's just as much activism now, but generally less reported by the mainstream media, for obvious reasons. There have recently been marches of 10s of thousands of people in the UK which got no mention (that I saw) by our national broadcaster. Fall all its many faults, social media does come into its own in this respect. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Which generation do you think is not marching? 2mo
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Samplergal
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r2wend2
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Read this if you're a woman who has ever felt thatv things need to change. Or if you're a man who wants a clearer path to understanding that women are justified in they're anger.

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monalyisha
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I‘ve been listening to the tagged book & thinking. I came up with an idea that I think could be BIG if organized & promoted properly:

Treat March 1st (the first day of Women‘s History Month) as if it‘s New Year‘s — but instead of making New Year‘s Resolutions, make #feministresolutions. Hashtag it, convince the other women in your life to do it, & the men, too. Make it go viral! Feminism is for everyone. 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1:I‘m thinking about posting it in the Library groups I‘m a part of on Facebook because I‘ll need help with promotion & compiling resource guides. For instance, lists of books to educate yourself. Community resources. A list of media for men to consume to upset the gender stereotype & get in touch with their emotions: books/movies etc to make men cry. Anyway, if you want in or you have ideas & you‘re a PLANNER/ORGANIZER/RESEARCHER, let me know! 2mo
DaveGreen7777 This is an amazing idea! I‘ll definitely be making some #FeministResolutions! (edited) 2mo
monalyisha Thanks, @DaveGreen7777! 🖤 2mo
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monalyisha I‘m thinking of finding a person or a small team of people to be responsible for creating a guide of Actionable Items by State. I could potentially make a website & get everything up & running, but I‘d also need a handful of webmasters to check on it seasonally & make sure it‘s up-to-date. (I‘m already stretched pretty thin with going back to school.) Just thinking out loud here! VERY beginning stages. (edited) 2mo
LapReader My suggestions for making men cry are Handmaid‘s Tale and Big Little Lies. My partner did anyway. He has 2 daughters so that may have helped. Both of the shows just make me angry. My dad cries at funerals and at songs not shows. My ex husband never cried perhaps that is one of the many reasons he is my ex. Ha! 2mo
Christine DO IT! ❤️ 2mo
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monalyisha
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“Most women I knew did not want the “opportunity” to patrol the borders of patriarchal overreach; we felt torn about both the vague prospect & the observed reality of these men losing their jobs. We thought of their feelings & their families, fretted that the disclosure of their misdeeds might cost them future employment, or even provoke them to harm themselves. But this was something else we were being compelled to notice: 👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: “THE WAYS IN WHICH WE WERE STILL CONDITIONED TO WORRY FOR THE MEN, but somehow not to afford the same compassion for women — their families, their feelings, their future prospects — even in a reckoning that was supposed to be about us, not them.” [emphasis my own] (edited) 2mo
Hooked_on_books I. Loved. This. Book. 2mo
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dariazeoli
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

Day 7

Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation.

Have you been tagged yet? If not, you‘re it! Join the fun!

Addison_Reads Great choice! Such an important read. 3mo
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Bldough
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History of woman‘s discontent and its impact on politics

SW-T I enjoyed this one also. Welcome to Litsy! @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4mo
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Augustdana
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Finally picking this book up again, I‘ve had a very steady stream of library holds grace my ereader. Wanna get to at least two more books before school starts up in a few weeks. Wish me luck!

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TrishB
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#thisonesforthegirls #lilithjuly
These few are 😁
Thanks for a great month Cindy and Karen 👍🏻😘

Kalalalatja I have only read one, and the rest are tbr - thanks for reminding me! 4mo
KarenUK Perfect selection! And same as @Kalalalatja said! 😊👍💕 4mo
KathyWheeler I‘ve read the front three but not the ones in the back. I‘ve added them to my TBR. 4mo
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Cinfhen Excellent 🙌🏻💕 4mo
Caroline2 These all look awesome!!! 😎 4mo
TrishB @Caroline2 all worth a read 👍🏻 4mo
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IndoorDame
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Cinfhen #HellYeah 💪🏼 5mo
TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 5mo
KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌💕 5mo
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clairemaire34
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I‘d listened to so many interviews with Rebecca Traister before I got my hands on her book that I was beginning to wonder if I needed to read it at all. Of course I did. It was exactly what I need to read. Anger at injustice and oppression is exactly what we need to feel. Using anger to drive action and change is perfectly legitimate. This book helped me feel less alone in my anger and more empowered to use it.

Leftcoastzen Great read👏👏👍 6mo
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merelybookish
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Today's #bookmail. (Impulse buy courtesy of my rage over shrinking women's rights in the US.)

readordierachel 🙌🏼 7mo
batsy That looks so interesting! 6mo
merelybookish @readordierachel @batsy It came with a PDF version. I'm happy to share if either of you'd like a copy! 6mo
batsy That would be great. Thank you! 💜 My email is subashini.navaratnam@gmail.com 6mo
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TieDyeDude
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I won't go into how asinine the abortion debate is, but if you want to hear a good discussion about the value of women's anger, give this podcast a listen. I'll definitely be checking out her book!

TrishB She‘s always a good read 👍🏻 7mo
Weaponxgirl Thanks for recommending this podcast. This book has been on my tbr a while and is available on scribd in the uk. 7mo
minkyb Found it. Thanks for the rec! 7mo
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Kamisha
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Everyone should read this book!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jen2
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Hell yeah!!!

stacybmartin Yes!! I just read this one as well and felt the same way! 💪 7mo
Bibliogirl I feel like I need this one. 7mo
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RebelGrrrl
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I..... needed this book on a level I didn't realize. This book was brilliantly written, and gave me a whole lot of feelings as I read, sadness, hope, and (of course) a good dose of anger. Definitely a must read and a reminder that anger is a good thing and can be connective and inspiring and be the start to something truly revolutionary. Damn. I *absolutely* needed this.

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stacybmartin
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Although a bit repetitive, this book is an important read during these times. We‘ve been taught so long to repress emotions other than happiness, positivity, and politeness that it‘s important to teach women how to use their voices (and anger) and the differences we can make when we do.

FeministBookClub Such a good one. The angry trifecta is this book + Soraya Chemaly‘s Rage Becomes Her + Brittney Cooper‘s Eloquent Rage. 7mo
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stacybmartin
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Next up on #labsoundtrack! I have a feeling this one is really gonna speak to me. 😈

Gissy ☺️ 7mo
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JaimeDawn
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Wow. I really needed that!

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Sg1224
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May01- starting my book club reading for the month! Super hyped to finally ready the thoughtful #jb read from @Jas16 - 🙌🙏 thank you again! 😊

Jas16 I hope you enjoy it! 7mo
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shaynarae
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YES!! This book is awesome, and I loved it on audio. I‘ve listened to several books now about women‘s rage, and this one has its niche in focusing primarily around politics and activism. I cried several times because I found it so moving. As a white lady, I would strongly recommend this to all women, but particularly American white women. Definitely pick this one up!!

Emilymdxn Glad you loved it as much as I did! 8mo
shaynarae @Emilymdxn It was just SOOO good! 💪 8mo
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Blaire
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I hate to say this about a book I was really excited about...excited enough to buy the hardcover, but after months of trying, I‘m calling it a bail. I tried to get into it and skimmed about 90 pages but none of it was new to me. It may be a function of the amount of knowledge I had going in (possibly too much on this topic), but I just wasn‘t drawn in. #unpopularopinion

MelissaSue81 I struggled with this one too. It was just.. missing something.. 8mo
Blaire @MelissaSue81 so glad I‘m not alone. 8mo
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mspixieears
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Got my signed last night at the talk the author gave in Melbourne!

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Jess7
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Currently listening to.. 🤗

Leftcoastzen I got a lot out of this book. 8mo
Emilymdxn Great book! 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I concur....Great book! 8mo
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amma-keep-reading
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Throughly researched. Deep introspection. Honest conversation. A definite must read. Highly recommend.

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Canndor
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This read definitely stirs up a healthy rage. 5⭐

“Anger has driven women to develop a million approaches to changing the world.”

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riversong153
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I‘m mad as hell! 😡
This book should be required reading.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 out of 5

Samplergal I bought it because I saw it here! 8mo
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riversong153
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#grateful21 Day 3
1. Good and Mad - this book is giving me life right now.
2. I surprised my mom with a gift and she loves it
3. My doctor‘s appointment went better than I expected! 👍🏾😍😻🥰
@Eggs

Eggs Great 👍🏼 on all 3 👏🏻🌺🤗 8mo
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This was so great! It really made me think about how often I modulate and stifle my own anger for fear of how it‘ll be perceived and of how often I‘ve unjustly judged other women for expressing their anger. This book really makes me want to embrace my anger and use it to fuel change in myself and the world around me. I can‘t live steeped in anger but I can use my anger and the strength it can give to stand up for myself & others.

Megabooks I really want to read this! 9mo
Redjewel_7734 @Megabooks It‘s so good! 9mo
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vlwelser
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This was excellent. This author writes really well. She covers the current post-2016 situation but also delves into some of the history of political movements. 💖📚

On a side note, RBG and Elizabeth just happen to live on my kitchen bar, but I thought they might make excellent mascots for the subject matter. And really, who doesn't have an RBG action figure in their kitchen?

TrishB Love the pic ❤️ and I loved the book too! 9mo
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Canndor
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1.
🎧 Good and Mad: the revolutionary power of women's anger
📗 The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
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Hotel Transylvania 3 😂
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Iced cold brew coffee is my current jam

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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SW-T
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Traister covers the history of 175 years of women‘s struggles for equal rights, from abolition to #metoo. Informative and insightful. After reading this, I‘m surprised women aren‘t more angry. The reason why female pundits can argue publicly against feminism, equal pay, health care, etc., is because the women in this book fought for their right to do so. They got women into public discourse, regardless of political affiliation.

Weaponxgirl I‘ve been wanting to read this for a while. I always get so frustrated with those pundits. You are using the gains of feminism to bash it and stop further progress, but I guess as long as you have your rights everything‘s ok then 😒 9mo
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The Feminine / Is not / Dead / Nor is she / Sleeping

Angry, yes, / Seething, yes.

Biding her time;

Yes.
Yes.

~Alice Walker

#poetry #poetrymatters

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SW-T
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1. i before e (except after c), Judy Parkinson
Behold a Fair Woman, Francis Duncan
Good and Mad, Rebecca Traister

2. Good and Mad (tagged)

3. Night

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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I try not to be too liberal in my praise of books that I like, so its value is preserved for books I truly love. OMG this is that book! Easily the most important of 2018, one that everyone should read. I found myself thinking differently about anger and its place in public discourse. Men — especially white men — are rewarded for their anger. Women are punished. Author‘s case for the revolutionary power of women‘s anger is a slam dunk ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Emilymdxn I just finished this too and agree completely - it was SO good! 9mo
Samplergal Let be it. Stacked. 9mo
Christine Though your pic collage is the stuff of nightmares, I love and agree with your review! 😜 9mo
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MrBook Nice review!! 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review—this was one of my top 4 picks for 2018. (I can‘t pick just one!) 9mo
mdhughes72 @BarbaraTheBibliophage what were your other 3? 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for asking! This was my nonfiction pick. A Little Life was fiction. Becoming was audiobook. And The Great Believers was new to me author pick. Here‘s my post about why: http://thebibliophage.com/best-reading-of-2018/ 9mo
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I struggle with letting anger out, even when I discuss things that make me angry and passionate I feel ashamed of myself if I raise my voice or might offend anybody. This incredible book showed me all the good things anger can cause, and how admitting im angry with terrible things happening can be the start of change. I‘m so glad I read this while I‘m young, so I can bear its examples of dignified, powerful angry women in mind whenever I need to

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Emilymdxn
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Happy #internationalwomensday everybody! These are the books I‘m reading today. Got my red dress on for work.

Here‘s to reading, learning, consciousness raising, supporting each other and fighting for a better world today and every day 💪

Weaponxgirl Can‘t wait to hear what you thing of fed up, it‘s been on my tbr since it came out. 9mo
TrishB Read Good and Mad 👍🏻 9mo
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After loving All the Single Ladies I had major hype for this but it didn't satisfy in the same way. Maybe it came too close to my reading of Eloquent Rage and Cooper's blend of personal essay with academic writing on anger worked better for me than Traister's journalistic look at women's public struggles with the emotion. I think this might have worked better as a long form article than a book.

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Rebecca Traister is up next on Fareed Zakaria 📺

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Just for fun... #litsypartyofone

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vlwelser
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Love these end papers. #litsypartyofone 2nd period (quarter?) check in. I'm having a great Superbowl party. Lol.

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So many people just fundamentally do not understand this.

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k.reads
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These section headings get me 🤣

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Simona
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This book is perfect combination of history of women‘s movements, author‘s personal experience and current events, which gives ‘explanation‘ why is okay to be angry, and why you don‘t have to be ‘cool girl‘. Deeply satisfying, inspiring, illuminating, and for me - cathartic look at women‘s anger.
Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#Nonfiction2019 #AboutAMovement

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I loved this one! 11mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa While I was reading, I felt like I was getting permission to be angry ... 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona and isn‘t it sad that we feel like we need that at all? 11mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes it is sad ... I‘m pondering about this since I have read it ... consequence of so many wrong things in our society. 11mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona Such a good book and so thought provoking. 11mo
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ElectricKatyLand
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Incisive, infuriating look at how women‘s anger has been ignored, sublimated, and belittled in US (mostly) history. Details what women have to mad about and ways this energy can transform society.