Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger--Rebecca Traister in Conversation with Susana Morris

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm

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Join Charis and the Georgia Center for the Book for a timely conversation between authors Rebecca Traister and Susana Morris on Traister's new book, Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger.

The story of female fury and its cultural significance demonstrates the long history of bitter resentment that has enshrouded women’s slow rise to political power in America, as well as the ways that anger is received when it comes from women as opposed to when it comes from men. With eloquence and fervor, Traister tracks the history of female anger as political fuel—from suffragettes chaining themselves to the White House to office workers vacating their buildings after Clarence Thomas was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Here Traister explores women’s anger at both men and other women; anger between ideological allies and foes; the varied ways anger is perceived based on its owner; as well as the history of caricaturing and delegitimizing female anger; and the way women’s collective fury has become transformative political fuel—as is most certainly occurring today. She deconstructs society’s (and the media’s) condemnation of female emotion (notably, rage) and the impact of their resulting repercussions. Highlighting a double standard perpetuated against women by all sexes, and its disastrous, stultifying effect, Traister’s latest is timely and crucial. It offers a glimpse into the galvanizing force of women’s collective anger, which, when harnessed, can change history.

Rebecca Traister is writer at large for New York magazine and a contributing editor at Elle. A National Magazine Award finalist, she has written about women in politics, media, and entertainment from a feminist perspective for The New Republic and Salon and has also contributed to The NationThe New York ObserverThe New York TimesThe Washington PostVogue, Glamour and Marie Claire. She is the author of All the Single Ladies and the award-winning Big Girls Don’t Cry. She lives in New York with her family. 

Susana M. Morris is an Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is the author of Close Kin and Distant Relatives: The Paradox of Respectability in Black Women’s Literature and co-editor, with Brittney C. Cooper and Robin M. Boylorn, of the anthology,The Crunk Feminist Collection. She is the board chair of Charis Circle, the non-profit programming arm of Charis Books, the South's oldest feminist bookstore.

This is a Charis Circle and Georgia Center for the Book Event at the Decatur Library Auditorium. It is free and open to the public. Books will be made available for purchase by Charis Books and More. 


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Georgia Center for the Book
215 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
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