Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women Setting & Symbolism

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"The Contenders"

The designation used by the Yankelovich survey organization for the youngest of the baby-boom males, "Contenders" form the twenty to twenty-four percent of the population in the 1980s that lose the most in the economic downturn. Failing to attain the economic status enjoyed by fathers and older brothers, "Contenders" fear and revile feminism, are bitter "change resisters", and readily accept the backlash's message as framed by affluent men of media, business, and politics. "Contenders" lead the militant antiabortion movement, file reverse-discrimination lawsuits, and fill prisons with rapists and sexual assailants.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

Lobbied by the National Organization for Women (NOW), Congress in the 1970s creates the EEOC to deal with sex discrimination, as women are far more likely to lose jobs or have wages cut, and the courts ignore challenges. In 1973, the EEOC begins investigating Sears, Roebuck & Company after receiving hundreds of...

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