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

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

From Rebecca Traister, the New York Times bestselling author of All the Single Ladies 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.

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

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • 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 he...

  • Michael

    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...

  • Steve

    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, cand...

  • 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 wante...

  • 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...

  • Corrie

    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, ...

  • E.B.

    FUCK. YES. ...

  • Holly

    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 year...

  • Eilonwy

    Recommended: A) For people who understand exactly why women are angryand B) For people who just can't understand why women are angry. ...

  • 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. ...