Susan Faludi Writing Styles in Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women

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Use of Evidence to Make an Argument

Faludi's book is overflowing with data and information that she believes bolsters her case that the 1980s represented a period of backlash against women and their advances. Her supporting data comes from a wide variety of sources, including newspapers, scholarly and academic journals, personal interviews, and government and university studies. This use of authoritative sources is an important way writers convince readers of their argument; however, some critics have suggested that Faludi uses almost too much factual data and that its volume actually hinders her argument.

Perspective

Susan Faludi is a young, Harvard-trained journalist who in the 1980s writes for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many smaller publications. She sees resistance to feminism rise throughout the decade. Having won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991 for the human suffering caused by the leveraged buy-out of a supermarket chain, Faludi turns...

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