Susan Faludi, September 2011
Susan Faludi’s lecture was titled “9/11: Myth, Media and Gender,” inspired by her book “The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America.”
In a public lecture and a Q&A session with Park Scholars and other students who’d studied her work, author Susan Faludi dissected the media myth-making that erupted in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. Faludi analyzed mainstream media attempts to blame 9/11 on “feminized men” and the feminist movement; she drew parallels between the post-9/11 era and myth-making that surrounded early conflicts in U.S. history between European settlers and Native Americans. The public lecture was titled “9/11: Myth, Media and Gender” and was inspired by her latest book “The Terror Dream: Myth and Misogyny in an Insecure America.”
Susan Faludi’s first book was the bestseller “Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.” Faludi’s articles have appeared in many publications including Harper’s, Ms. and The Nation; she won a Pulitzer Prize when she was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.