But sometimes, I think, the journalists can be more comprehensive in their analysis than researchers. Why? Because scientists are trained to narrow their scope, which might explain why Faludi's book is soooo fucking big, whereas most gender texts tend to fall a bit short of 300 pages. Backlash is 460 pages long - large pages with small fonts. I'm a pretty fast reader, but 2 hours or so of effort has only got me to page 53.
I will do a full review of the book when I am finished reading, but for now I wanted to get a discussion going about some questions I find interesting. I will also get to her book Stiffed, but I have another text that will come in-between.
First, a quote from page 8 of the text that I find to be incredibly important:
"The statistics the popular culture chooses to promote most heavily are the very statistics we should view with the most caution. They may very well be in wide circulation not because they are true but because they support widely held media preconceptions."
I want to ask you folks some questions, and I don't want any of you to look up the answers. I just want you to answer based on your own beliefs. I will provide some answers in future posts. Think of it as an informal survey so I can see where current belief systems lie.
1. How do the infertility rates compare in women in their twenties versus in their thirties?
2. When women are asked what brings them the most satisfaction in their lives, what is the #1 response?
3. Which group reports a stronger desire for marriage, men or women?
4. How do women's prospects for marriage fare when they have higher levels of education and career achievement while still single?
5. What effects do you think divorce has on women versus men in American society?
And finally, a question that occured to me today while I was putting gas in my car:
6. Why might women be told from a very early age that men are dangerous, only after "one thing," have sex drives that they are unable to control, want to avoid marriage, and are presented as a group that needs to be "tamed" by women?