As America grapples with the #MeToo movement tidal wave, Rebecca Traister’s new book “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” (Simon & Schuster, 252 pp., ★★★ out of four) serves as an “Amen, sister!” venting session.
Traister hits pause on current events to explain what’s fueling the rage and assures the reader that it’s OK to be angry.
Any book that mentions a brank – also known as a scold’s or a witch’s bridle, a muzzling torture device from the 1500s put on women’s jaws to prevent them from talking, sometimes with a spiked metal tongue depressor – isn’t going to mince words. Red-hot emotions seep out from the black type on the page. You can practically hear Traister striking each letter on her keyboard like a Kermit GIF.
Here are five takeaways from “Good and Mad”:
1. The Trump era is inspiring activism.
American women have not only grown irate post-Trump, but they’ve taken action. Yes, there was the Women’s March, but they’ve also turned out in droves in – not just at –ballot boxes. The number of women running for political office has skyrocketed and political-activism workshops are jam-packed.
Traister points out that four female judges initially stayed Trump’s travel ban and that the irate mayor of Hurricane Maria-ravaged San Juan, Puerto Rico (Carmen Yulín Cruz) and the U.S. senator who coined the phrase “Cadet Bone Spurs” about Trump (Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois) are female.
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