Award-winning author Rebecca Traister said women's anger isn't “ugly” or “hysterical” — it's valid and necessary.
Women’s anger is treated as if it’s ugly or hysterical or threatening,” she explained. “We need to take the anger of women in this country more seriously.”
Traister’s book “Good and Mad” describes women’s anger as a political force.
“In this country, we still treat white men as our normative citizens. We imagine that they are fundamentally rational in their thought. By contrast, we still imagine that women are emotional,” she explained. “Therefore, when women raise their voices in anger, what we understand to be an emotional response, it merely amplified that idea that they are somehow speaking out of an irrational impulse.”
Traister says that we hear women’s anger differently than we hear men’s anger.
“I’ve been a feminist journalist for more than fifteen years. Anger has always undergirded my work. For a long time I covered up my anger with humor, irony, good cheer,” she explained. “But in the early months of the Trump administration, as I saw so many people around me feeling like the anger that was propelling them into civic engagement or protest was somehow invalidating…”