- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; Export/Airside edition (18 September 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1471172120
- ISBN-13: 978-1471172120
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.9 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Champion[s] the feminist power of being angry' * The Sunday Times * 'Relentless and revelatory... Chemaly deftly balances these statistics with grim stories to illustrate them, so that the cumulative effect of reading her book is not merely to legitimize women's anger but to render it astonishing that we are not even angrier.' * New Yorker * 'Packed full of reasons why women might be so angry... She believes it's a force for good and for change and she offers strategies of how to achieve this...If we don't allow ourselves to be angry - to explore that anger to its full potential, to admit those crimes that made us angry - we are standing in the way of our own progress and that of others.' * The Pool * 'An unmissable book that helps to explain how the personal has become deeply political' * Emerald Street * '[A] provocative analysis... Calling for a "wise anger" that can dismantle pervasive sexism and create a fundamentally democratic society, the book makes a persuasive case that angry women can achieve, not vengeance, but change.' * Publishers Weekly * 'Chemaly's collection of essays, shaped by research and personal experience... shows us how anger is truly one of our most potent resources for changing the world.' * Shondaland * 'Provocative... In Rage Becomes Her, Chemelay uses scientific research, in-depth interviews, and personal experiences to investigate why cultures around the world expect and even force women to keep their anger silent and their rage hidden. But more than that, she makes a case for why that pattern finally needs to be broken.' * Bustle * 'In this breathtakingly (or maybe I should say breathgivingly...because it will literally make you feel like you can breathe again) liberating book, Soraya Chemaly breaks down the myriad ways that women are silenced, ignored, disrespected, dehumanized, and generally spat upon by the patriarchy... It's one of the best feminist books I've ever read and the first I will recommend the next time someone asks me why I'm a feminist.' * BookRiot * 'At this moment in history, when women's anger is at boiling point, this text could not be more timely. Or, more needed.' * Mashable * 'If you think Senator Warren persisted, meet Soraya Chemaly and her latest book, Rage Becomes Her... Men should read the book and the women in their lives must insist that they do so... Chemaly's book is giving voice to how women's voices have been suppressed. This book needs to be read.' * New York Journal of Books * 'This explosive, vital and unapologetic book lifts the lid on a hugely important but little-discussed aspect of gender inequality. With skill, wit and sharp insight, Chemaly peels back layers of cultural norms and repression to lay bare the reality of women's rage. She joins the dots to trace the connections between misogyny, violence and the repression of female anger. She weaves a path that takes us from pornography to the playground, media to medicine. This book should make you furious. It is a battle cry for women's right to rage: teaching us that we have every right to be angry, and demanding that the world pays attention to that anger.' -- Laura Bates, author of Girl Up and Everyday Sexism 'Rage is a battle-cry of a book, drawing on all corners of contemporary life, from media to education and medicine. She takes the reader through a woman's life, from infancy to adulthood, highlighting the systemic ways female rage is suppressed, diverted or minimalised. And she provides scientific evidence to back up her ideas. If life as a modern woman is maddening, then Rage is a sanity-restorer.' * The Guardian * '[A] thoughtful, in-depth exploration of female rage... An essential and timely read... Invaluable and eye-opening.' * Booklist (starred review) * 'In this powerful essay collection, Chemaly draws on interviews, research, and personal experience to examine why patriarchal Western cultures continue to demand that women silence their rage... Intelligent and keenly observed, this is a bracingly liberating call for the right of women to own their anger and use it to benefit a society "at risk for authoritarianism." Important, timely, necessary reading.' * Kirkus (starred review) * 'How many women cry when angry because we've held it in for so long? How many discover that anger turned inward is depression? Soraya Chemaly's Rage Becomes Her will be good for women. After all, women have a lot to be angry about.' -- Gloria Steinem
About the Author
Soraya Chemaly is an award-winning writer and activist whose work focuses on the role of gender in culture, politics, religion, and media. She is the Director of the Women's Media Center Speech Project and an advocate for women's freedom of expression and expanded civic and political engagement. A prolific writer and speaker, her articles appear in Time, the Verge, The Guardian, The Nation, HuffPost, and The Atlantic. Follow her on Twitter at @SChemaly and learn more at SorayaChemaly.com.
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What a relief to read the stories women turning anger into constructive action! I has helped me channel some of mine, even in the last 48 hours - in between reading this book.
Like most women, I have my own story of how my mom's frustrations, as well my grandmother and great-grandmother's have influenced me. My mom did her share in conscious feminism, but each generation can only do so much and I did internalize some of the anger-management patterns of patriarchy. If I may coin a phrase.
Such a relief to read this book - just at a time when learning to channel my own anger is getting higher on my agenda. Catering to men is ingrained in me, as it is in many women. Seeing just how destructive that can be (encouraging men to be worse than they'd be if I weren't catering to them) has made me realize just how important it is that I learn to stand in my own truth and act on it. That includes dealing with anger. But how? This book isn't written as a self-help book, but because it includes minority voices, it does help make it very clear what the trade-offs are. It also offers some suggestions.
Anyhow: surprisingly fun and inspiring. A must read for all smart but demure women trying to survive in a man's world. Also for those that chose not to be good girls and need some help justifying themselves ;)
* For international readers: this is very much a US-focused book, though not exclusively as the author has an international background and does reference international studies. While I recognized a lot, I also read about things that don't resonate at all. Either because as a non-minority woman from a privileged background I haven't been exposed to them, or because the Netherlands just aren't quite as sexist as the US. Or less violent about it. I'm not sure.
* It seems I'm the first one here to review this book based on a bought copy. in response to previous reviewers, I can report that notes & index take up 60% of the kindle file. Source references are available organised by chapter, which is good enough for a book like this which is more activism than academia.
Rage Becomes Her might be my book of the year. It's incredibly powerful, poignant and validating for women. I want to share the book with every single woman I know. Actually I need every single person on the planet to read it. No arguments, just reading and learning.
With that being said, here are all the reasons why Rage Becomes Her is a must read book:
- The author made me realize that I actually am very angry. Not annoyed, frustrated, sad, but angry. So many women have to put up with so much hatred, injustice and ridicule. And it's ridiculous.
- I can relate to almost everything that she's writing.
- I learned so much and so will you.
- Highlights the value of women as caregivers and the lack of value society places on us.
- Gives words to feelings and experiences that I've had before. Incredibly validating!
-Books this powerful set my soul on fire
-Teaches women how to make positive change using all that justifiable anger
There is nothing negative that I can say about the book.
Here are a few quotes that help to demonstrate the power of this novel:
"Angry women burn brighter than the sun."
"The unfairness that we intuit and experience but cannot "prove" as we are asked to do so often, are more likely to become internalized anger rather than externalized action."
"How much is a little girl worth?" -Rachael Denhollander
"Little girls don't stay little forever. They grow into strong women that return to destroy your world." -Kyle Stephens
I literally had chills and tears while reading, from the power of the author's words.
Please, if you only read one book that I recommend this year, made it this one.