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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. In the 1980 presidential election, the only clear differentiation from the Democrats comes when the Republicans do what according to Faludi?

2. Why does Faludi believe Warren Farrell's loses his enthusiasm for the feminist movement?

3. Beverly LaHaye founds Concerned Women for America (CWA); her husband Tim LaHaye is co-founder of which organization?

4. According to Faludi what was one of the radical suggestions made by Franham and Lundberg's Modern Women?

5. "It's All in Your Mind" looks at ¬¬_______________ in the 1980s backlash.

Short Essay Questions

1. In their advice manuals, Smart Women/Foolish Choices and Women Men Love/Women Men Leave, Melvin Kinder and Connell Cowan provide advice that is harmful to women. Give some examples of this advice and why it is harmful to women?

2. According to Faludi, why are men like John Willke and Randall Terry engaged in the fight against abortion.

3. Discuss the history of the term masochism and how it has been used to label women. Explain how the American Psychiatric Association considers adding this term to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1985.

4. How does Sylvia Ann Hewlett attack and affect the ERA?

5. Recount the backlash's efforts to eliminate the effectiveness of the Women's Educational Equity Act.

6. When Faludi writes that New Right women are less "trapped in the backlash eddies," what does she mean?

7. The press touts a shrinking pay gap and decreasing discrimination for women in white-collar positions. According to Faludi, however, this is not the case. Explain the evidence Faludi presents to refute the presses claims.

8. Identify two of the books listed in this chapter that focus on women getting married. Explain why the focus of these books is not helpful to women.

9. Highlight the 1980s battle against abortion and women's rights to control their reproductive rights.

10. Why is it an important fight for the women to challenge the use of the word masochism in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM))?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The feminist movement in America is commonly cited as being strongest in the 1960s and 1970s. Do you agree with this assertion? Why or Why not? How do you believe the movement has affected our society? How are we different and similar to other cultures that have not had similar movements? What do you see as the biggest benefit provided to our society due to the feminist movement? What is the biggest harm inflicted on our society due to this movement?

Essay Topic 2

According to Faludi, daycare centers became a point of attack for backlash advocates. Discuss why this was an important issue in the fight against the feminist movement. How is this issue handled in today's society? Put yourself in the shoes of a working mother; how do you feel about choosing to place your child(ren) in a daycare setting and why do you feel this way?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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