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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Faludi suggests that movies are used by men to deal with their emotions concerning women. How does she suggest this is done?

2. Which book provides the "devastating" statistics that there is a seventy-three percent decline in a woman's standard of living during the first year after divorce versus a man's forty-seven percent increase?

3. Fatal and Fetal Visions deals with how the_________ serve the backlash.

4. The backlash seeks to divide and conquer by pitting women against each other. Faludi describes all of the following battle lines EXCEPT:

5. This fragrance initially "celebrates women's liberation" but eventually ran campaigns in which under-aged models were used.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Dr. Robert Harvey and why is he discussed in the chapter on the cosmetic industry?

2. The New Right attempts to denounce day care; however, what does the evidence and data suggest?

3. Discuss the way in which the movies and television treat the subject of women and careers.

4. Several doctors are discussed in Chapter 8 of the book. Faludi writes about the ways in which they help the backlash and use their credentials to sponsor cosmetic products. Name at least one of these doctors and describe his or her role in the backlash by the cosmetics industry.

5. In chapter 7 of the book, why does Faludi write that retailers use the word "choice" to make their sales pitches "sound feminist"?

6. Select at least three media outlets and discuss how they work with the backlash to use relationship "scare tactics" to fight against the feminist movement.

7. During the 1988 television season, many female characters joke about being like June Cleaver. What point are they making by claiming this analogy?

8. After Reagan is elected president, many changes occur in the political arena that affect the feminist movement. Discuss three of these changes and how they affect the fight for women's rights.

9. Discuss the implications of the misinformation perpetuated by the Harvard study.

10. What is the purpose of the book Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the Epilogue, Faludi makes the statement that men see more clearly than women how women united could change government and society and that the backlash propaganda is a purposeful overreaction precisely because men "got it." What does she mean by this statement? Use three - five issues from the book to show how men "got it" much more than women and how the men mobilized to create a backlash around these issues.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the trend of "fetal protection" and why it is practiced by such a wide cross section of companies, doctors, lawyers, and court systems. Does it have implications for men and non-child-bearing women? If so, how? What are the implications of this trend on society as a whole?

Essay Topic 3

Identify and explain the major differences between the way Jockey approaches women's intimate apparel in 1982 compared to its competitors Victoria Secret and Maidenform.

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