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Journalist and Salon
writer Rebecca Traister investigates the 2008 presidential election and its impact on American politics, women and cultural feminism. Examining the role of women in the campaign, from Clinton and Palin to Tina Fey and young voters, Traister confronts the tough questions of what it means to be a woman in todays America.
The 2008 campaign for the presidency reopened some of the most fraught American conversations—about gender, race and generational difference, about sexism on the left and feminism on the right—difficult discussions that had been left unfinished but that are crucial to further perfecting our union. Though the election didnt give us our first woman president or vice president, the exhilarating campaign was nonetheless transformative for American women and for the nation. In Big Girls Dont Cry, her electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining first book, Traister tells a terrific story and makes sense of a moment in American history that changed the countrys narrative in ways that no one anticipated.
Throughout the book, Traister weaves in her own experience as a thirtysomething feminist sorting through all the events and media coverage—vacillating between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and questioning her own view of feminism, the womens movement, race and the different generational perspectives of women working toward political parity. Electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining, Big Girls Dont Cry offers an enduring portrait of dramatic cultural and political shifts brought about by this most historic of American contests.
Traister offers illuminating commentary on how the 2008 presidential election brought issues concerning women, power, sexism and feminism to the fore.
About the Author
Rebecca Traister is a senior writer for andlt;iandgt;Salon, andlt;/iandgt;where she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment since 2003, and where she covered the 2008 presidential campaign from a feminist perspective. She has also written for andlt;iandgt;Elle, andlt;/iandgt;the andlt;iandgt;Nation, andlt;/iandgt;the andlt;iandgt;New York Observer, Vogueandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Theandlt;/iandgt; andlt;iandgt;New York Times, andlt;/iandgt;among other publications. The author of andlt;iandgt;Big Girls Donandrsquo;t Cryandlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;All the Single Ladiesandlt;/iandgt;, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband.
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I grew up in a home with 30,000 books in it. This isn't an exaggeration. It's the count my father offered when I asked him in a fit of irritation, sometime when I was in high school and feeling particularly irked by the stacks and stacks and cases and cases of volumes amidst which I was trying to live my sulky teenaged life. I don't know how...