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“How many women cry when angry because we've held it in for so long? How many discover that anger turned inward is depression? Soraya Chemaly’s Rage Becomes Her will be good for women, and for the future of this country. After all, women have a lot to be angry about.” (Gloria Steinem)

A transformative audiobook urging 21st-century women to embrace their anger and harness it as a tool for lasting personal and societal change.

Women are angry, and it isn’t hard to figure out why. 

We are underpaid and overworked. Too sensitive or not sensitive enough. Too dowdy or too made-up. Too big or too thin. Sluts or prudes. We are harassed, told we are asking for it, and asked if it would kill us to smile. Yes, yes it would. 

Contrary to the rhetoric of popular “self-help” and an entire lifetime of being told otherwise, our rage is one of the most important resources we have, our sharpest tool against both personal and political oppression. We’ve been told for so long to bottle up our anger, letting it corrode our bodies and minds in ways we don’t even realize. Yet our anger is a vital instrument, our radar for injustice and a catalyst for change. On the flip side, the societal and cultural belittlement of our anger is a cunning way of limiting and controlling our power. 

We are so often told to resist our rage or punished for justifiably expressing it, yet how many remarkable achievements in this world would never have gotten off the ground without the kernel of anger that fueled them? Rage Becomes Her makes the case that anger is not what gets in our way, it is our way, sparking a new understanding of one of our core emotions that will give women a liberating sense of why their anger matters and connect them to an entire universe of women no longer interested in making nice at all costs. 

Following in the footsteps of classic feminist manifestos like The Feminine Mystique and Our Bodies, Ourselves, Rage Becomes Her is an eye-opening audiobook for the 21st-century woman: an engaging, accessible credo offering us the tools to re-understand our anger and harness its power to create lasting positive change.

©2018 Soraya Chemaly (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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  • Kalutha
  • Everett, WA United States
  • 10-14-18

A New Classic of Feminist Writing.

This book is excellent, and it could not have been released at a better time, given the rage engendered by the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. I can imagine that the author will update the book to include her thoughts about this situation when the paperback version is released. She points out how the inability of women to express anger without being criticized and even demonized is one of the most significant roots of misogyny. I am extremely impressed by the level of scholarship of the author, with numerous facts to back up her assertions. There are examples from history and the current day. The writing is anything but dry, however. The author writes with passion and a wry sense of humor. I am glad that she read the book herself; I found her voice very strong and appealing. I believe that this book will enter the ranks of classics of feminist writing. I have listened to it once, and plan to listen to it again. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

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Holy Raging Hell

This book rocked my world. I’ve been in what I have affectionately called a “funk” for a few months. The news, things happening in life and business, and a lifetime of only recently felt and examined fury have taken their toll. I thought I was depressed, but what it is, I realized with the help of this book, is a low-grade seething rage that I keep suppressing to get through the day.

This book reminded me how to harness that anger and put it to use. It’s here to help me, and it’s here to help you, and it’s here to help all of us do something to change the way things are for women and other marginalized people. Listen to this book. I’ve already told all of my friends to get it too.

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Transformative

A perfect combination of personal stories and social sciences research that validates feelings I’ve held for ages but couldn’t articulate them so clearly.

I am so glad the author chose to read it herself on audible as I think only she could communicate the subtle humor and sarcasm that made this book so enjoyable. I intend to buy a hard copy to highlight my favorite parts to reference when I inevitably feel angry at current events or personal experiences. This is a must read.

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This book validated my experiences

The book is a must read for black women. It was very informative and blew my mind!

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Fukfilling

Loved it? This book embraces you from where you are at. Whether you are a feminist or not. you immediately feel like you're in the company of others. You feel heard and you feel understood. Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping women to see, and for some of us, giving us permission to be angry.

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Great Book

Eye opening material that I will definitely be listening to it again. Made me reflect on a lot of my own anger coping mechanism, beyond bless to have found this book.

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A Must Read - for Women and Men

Beyond important. Powerful. Needed.

Loved the recommended actions for women to take. Loved it all.

A must read for women.

And a must read for men.

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A MUST READ FOR MEN AND WOMEN! END INEQUALITY!

An excellent study and presentation on female anger and rage and the source of all this emotion. Until one understands the vast suppression and abuse of women through history you cannot understand their rage. Almost all of the suppression of women is so socially, culturally, and religiously ingrained that few even recognize the extent of female inequality. I am going to purchase this book for my sons, daughters-in-laws and others. It's a life changer in understanding our culture's attitude towards women and the great inequality. Such important information!
#Subjugation "Inequality #Women's Studies #Anger #Contemporary issues #Feminism #tagsgiving, #sweepstakes

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This book should be a course in school

I am usually a fiction kinda girl but this book was strongly recommended so I took a shot and read it. Truly a life affirming work of art. #lifechanging #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Screaming to heal

The violent effects of socially acceptable behavior toward and on women is presented and reconciled around allowing them the ethical space to respond. Ethical space is what is missing in normalized violence which tends to be overwhelmingly male.