Author and Social Critic Susan Faludi on “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post 9/11 America”
In her new book, leading social critic and Pulitzer-winning journalist Susan Faludi examines the cultural impact of the 9/11 attacks and concludes that the United States has been living in a myth since. She explores how the attacks led to the denigration of women here in the United States, the magnification of manly men and the call for greater domesticity. Faludi joins us to take about the Bush administration’s use of feminism to launch the war on Afghanistan; the case of Private Jessica Lynch; the Republican “W. Stands for Women” campaign, and more.
Six years ago this Sunday the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan began. Fifty cruise missiles were launched from submarines in the Arabian Sea. B52 and B2 Stealth bombers began air strikes.The Pentagon called the attack Operation Enduring Freedom. The invasion came less than a month after 9/11. Among the Bush administration’s goals were the capture of Osama Bin Laden and the dismantling of the Taliban.
Six years later, neither objective has been realized. 40,000 U.S. and NATO forces remain in Afghanistan and the United Nations recently revealed violence has reached a new high. Another stated objective of the war was the liberation of Afghani women. Shortly after the war began Laura Bush became the only first lady in history to record a full presidential radio address. She addressed the plight of women in Afghanistan.
The Bush administration's use of feminists to help make the case for the war in Afghanistan is one of many topics examined in a new book titled “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post 9/11 Amer. ica.” It is written by one of the country's leading social critics, Susan Faludi.
Faludi examines the cultural impact of the 9/11 attacks and concludes that the United States has been living in a myth since 9/11 and she explores how the attacks led to the denigration of women here in the United States, the magnification of manly men and the call for greater domesticity.
Susan Faludi is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist. Her previous books include “Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women” and “Stiffed: The Betrayal of the American Man.” She us joins us in the Firehouse studio.