How angry women have changed politics and will shape midterms

Rebecca Traister, who appeared on “Salon Talks” this week, has timing that is both fortunate and queasy-making. The New York magazine writer — and former Salon journalist — released her third book, “Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger” right in the midst of an ongoing national uproar over accusations that Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for Supreme Court, has been involved in sexual assaults of multiple women.

Women’s anger, as Traister writes in her book, has been fired up since the 2016 election, when a mediocrity and admitted sexual predator like Trump beat the well-qualified Hillary Clinton for the presidency. Now that rage is incandescent.

This makes the need for Traister’s book all that more immediate. As she explained to Salon’s Amanda Marcotte on “Salon Talks,” women’s anger is a good thing.

Sure, women have been told that it’s unattractive, unhealthy, overblown, and shrill, but, she argues, those claims are bad faith efforts to scare women into silence. She had the privilege to marinate in women’s anger for the four months it took to write the book, she says, and she slept well and felt healthy — perhaps the healthiest she’s ever been.

Traister explained to SalonTV how feminists have been told for years now that claims of sexism are overblown and the existence of powerful women — from D.C. to Hollywood — is proof that gender equality is here.

But, Clinton losing to a man who appears to have no redeeming qualities whatsoever exploded that myth. Watch the interview above to hear more about how the fury that dumped millions into the streets for the Women’s March has continued and, it seems, may be powerful enough to create real change.

Photography by Jill Greenberg. Watch Jill's TedxTalk on the Female Lens and the problem with only seeing the world from a man's perspective. And find out more about Jill's initiative Alreadymade., a mission to hire more female photographers and content creators.

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