Anti feminism and anti “terrorism” in the USA

This video is called Susan Faludi – The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America.

Review by Angela Walker in Australia:

The marginalisation of women in the post-9/11 US

1 August 2008

The Terror Dream: Fear & Fantasy in Post-9/11 America
By Susan Faludi
Scribe Melbourne, 2007
351 pages, $35

Susan Faludi’s new book, The Terror Dream, is part of the turning tide against US President George Bush’s “war on terror” but hers is a limited view.

Best known for her 1991 book Backlash: the Undeclared War Against American Women, Faludi presents a feminist analysis of the media, popular culture and political life in the US post 9/11.

However, this time her feminism seems more limited than I remember from her earlier works. It fails to take into account the experience of race and class as it impacts on women’s (and men’s) experiences.

Faludi points out that women journalists, news announcers, academics and commentators were sidelined in the post 9/11 environment where heroes were recast as exclusively male. But she fails to address the exclusion of Muslims and Arab Americans — not just women were seen as potential traitors within.

Her analysis could have been wider and more far reaching. In this respect, fellow journalist Naomi Klein’s work easily eclipses hers.

Faludi’s writing talent, however, ensures The Terror Dream is an interesting read. Her reporting of the unnecessary deaths of New York firefighters who died in the northern Twin Tower because of old and failure-prone communication equipment reveals how much has been repressed from media presentations of 9/11.

Faludi’s research also demonstrates the paucity of tributes to women involved in 9/11 rescue work or as part of the fightback on United Airlines Flight 93 (the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania). Women were cast as the victims who needed to be rescued.

This would be replayed over and over despite the lack of US female victims at home or abroad, as the truth of the “rescue” of injured soldier Jessica Lynch, unguarded and undergoing treatment in an Iraqi hospital in the first days of the Iraq war, revealed.

Faludi’s exploration of the development of the political awakening of the “Jersey Girls” — a group of women whose husbands died in the World Trade Center — gives an insight into the vitriol that faced women who dared to speak out against the US war drive.

The Jersey Girls pieced together a sophisticated timeline of the missteps and mistakes made by their government in the lead-up to 9/11. For their crime of asking questions they were ridiculed and abused.

Ann Coulter: here.

4 thoughts on “Anti feminism and anti “terrorism” in the USA

  1. Posted by: “frankofbos” frankofbos
    Tue Aug 5, 2008 4:50 am (PDT)
    One month before 9/11, with “the [terrorism] threat spikes … so high”
    according to Condi Rice, Bush goes golfing & fishing, spending most of
    August at his ranch. The intelligence ‘chatter’ indicated that “There
    will be attacks in the near future”. But there was golf to be played
    and fish to be caught in Crawford, and President Bush had plenty of
    time to do both.

    Read the details, and related Bushisms …


  2. Posted by: “frankofbos”

    Tue Sep 9, 2008 5:32 am (PDT)

    Days Before 9/11 Rumsfeld Protests Shifting Funds in Order to Fight Terrorism(Bush History, 9/9)

    Maintaining the Bushie’s tradition of poor prioritization, just two
    days before 9/11 Bush Defense Secretary Rumsfeld goes on FOX to protest
    a bill in the Senate that would shift some funds from ‘Star Wars’ in
    order to meet the more immediate need of fighting “nontraditional
    threats, including terrorism and unconventional means of delivering
    weapons of mass destruction”.

    Get the details …

    Today’s categories: ‘Weak on Terrorism’


  3. Posted by: “frankofbos” frankofbos
    Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:56 am (PDT)
    Pre 9/11, FBI Frustrated by Bush Justice Dept “lack of interest in
    terrorism”(Bush History, 9/10)

    Just one day before 9/11, Bush’s Justice Dept turns down money the FBI
    requested for counterterrorism agents. The FBI would confess to
    frustration with the pre 9/11 Bush Justice Dept’s “lack of interest in
    terrorism”. Also, why is George Bush (Mr. Get Tough on terror states)
    so cozy with the Saudis?

    Get the details …

    Today’s categories: Proven Wrong, The Saudi’s Lapdog, Weak on Terrorism


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