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Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women by Rebecca Traister

Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women
Big Girls Don't Cry: The Election that Changed Everything for American Women
Rebecca Traister
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Politics & Government
Free Press; Reprint edition (June 7, 2011)
352 pages
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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 today’s 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 didn’t 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 Don’t 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 country’s 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 women’s movement, race and the different generational perspectives of women working toward political parity. Electrifying, incisive and highly entertaining, Big Girls Don’t Cry offers an enduring portrait of dramatic cultural and political shifts brought about by this most historic of American contests.

  • Naril
The intersection of politics, media, & gender has never been so interesting! Critically looking at the role gender politics played in the 2008 race, with discussion about the effects on the future of feminism going forward. The author follows the 4 leading ladies of this story through the political storm & beyond, includes discussions with Gloria Steinem, Jessica Valenti, Melissa Harris-Lacewell (now -Perry), Rachel Maddow, Katie Couric, etc.
  • Truthcliff
I'll be honest here... I REALLY wanted Hillary to win in 08. Now I completely understand why she didn't and just how unfair female politicians are treated by even the most liberal media. I feel like Traister's theories are accurate about why women haven't made it as far as men in politics, and how ridiculous some of the double standards are. I just wish every MAN could read this book. I'm not quite as feminist as some of my colleagues, but THE FEELS in this book really make me wish I was. Don't hesitate or procrastinate on buying. READ THIS BOOK!!! The shipping is very quick and the book arrived in perfect condition, with a careful wrapping job.
  • Longitude Temporary
I had this book in hardcover for many years but never could get past the heartache of the 2008 election process to read it. Now, after reading this book, I find that my perceptions of the blatant sexism towards Hillary by the press, television pundits, and Obama's campaign operatives are vindicated. Also it was very painful to read about the attitudes some of my feminist icons displayed toward Hillary's campaign.

Very good book on many levels. I loved it.

Also, please read everything Rebecca Traister is writing during this campaign. She's very good.
  • mr.Mine
This is my 2nd Traister book. She is a brilliant researcher / writer who is balanced, appropriately humerous and articulate in expressing her perspectives and opinions.
  • Zulkishicage
Rebecca Traister has really hit home in this book. Traister writes a fantastic account of the 2008 election and why Hillary couldn't win. Unlike Traister I was a Hillary supporter from the start, and still am. I am very proud that she ran, she not only ran, but she ran until she gave her delegates to Obama at the DNC. She didn't give up, just because she was told to, she didn't give up after sexist remarks, she didn't give up because it was expected of her, and she was in it until the end.

Traister writes in her book that she didn't want to vote for Hillary just because she was a woman. But after reading the book I wonder if woman didn't vote for her because Hillary didn't add up to the idealized woman that some feminist wanted?

Traister writes and honest look at her own turn from an Edwards supporter to a Hillary supporter.
She describes the blatant t sexism, not only where woman expect it, but from they weren't expecting it, most notably progressive men's descriptions and outright hate for Hillary.

This book is a must read for any political junkie, or those who care about gender issues in this country. I would like to send this book to several male politicians out there.

Traister said one thing that I agree with, we shouldn't vote for a woman just because she is a woman, but we should consider why we are voting for her.

There were some places that I disagreed with her but overall I liked this book.
Women have come a long way but there still needs to be more work.
  • Gholbirdred
I thought the first part was terrific. Her writing was strong and vivid. Then it bogged down and never really recovered. She was very forthright about HRC's past mistakes, which I, as not a Hillary fan, appreciated. But I understood she changed her mind and, if she did, she didn't make a strong case for her. My book group agreed.
  • Keath
Ms. Traister's part memoir, part campaign analysis is a very astute, level-headed observation of what occurred during the 2008 Presidential campaign. The author, a Democrat, talks about the internal conflicts felt by many women who had to choose between Senators Clinton or Obama. The truly historic campaign opened up old wounds, highlighted the different generational perspectives about what it meant to be a feminist as well as the huge gap between expectations and the realities of actually having to govern? Though many women are discussed, the book's primary focus is on Senator Clinton, Governor Palin and Ms. Obama. I vividly recall the level of misogynistic vitriol directed especially towards Senator Clinton by politicians, the populace, pundits and even the news organizations who should have known better during the campaign. It was shocking and discouraging. My positive assumptions about how open-minded we had become as a nation when it came women's roles took a major hit. Fortunately, Ms. Traister's book is ultimately a positive, uplifting look at where we were, where we are and how things are getting better. I came away admiring all the women for their resolve to not be pushed to the sidelines. A wonderful, thought-provoking book by a talented, 36-year-old feminist.
I read it before the 2016 elections. It helped me understand what was happening