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Rage Becomes Her

The Power of Women's Anger
Narrated by: Soraya Chemaly
Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
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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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I hope everyone has the courage to read this book

It took courage to read this book because I knew it'd bring a mirror to the many parts of my life that made dust bunnies under my bed. I hope everyone reads this book and I'm profoundly grateful to Chemaly for writing it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-10-2018

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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  • Kalutha
  • 14-10-2018

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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  • joyce
  • 10-01-2019

Sad!

Reviewers called this book "important", "timely", "liberating". And it certainly is important and eye-opening. And I felt so sad listening to all the arguments and findings of recent research that are EXACTLY THE SAME! as the arguments and research I read about in the 60's and 70's, when "Women's Lib" and I came of age at the same time. What have we accomplished in 50 years?! a few more cents per hour, a handful of female CEOs....and anti-female sentiments everywhere, constant, relentless, and infuriating. Still infuriating, I should say. It's true that anger is powerful. When will enough women be angry enough to change this "man's world"?

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  • Carlos Morera
  • 13-02-2019

If you are a man a want to understand...

What your wife, mother, daughter, or sister
experience this is a eye opening book. We think “we get it” but it is much more subversive and complicated than most men realize.
This is a masterful work that is a powerhouse of hard statistics. Truly Life changing, I highly recommend.



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  • C. Dusciuc
  • 30-12-2018

eye opening, mind altering

This book alternates between deacribing the unhealthy and unfair supression of anger in women and the disproportionate volume of things women have to be about. there is a chapter at the end about healthy ways to express anger.

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  • Gabriela
  • 17-12-2018

Nearly made me cry with rage

I nearly cried with rage while listening to this book. It really turned my attention to actions and reactions I see or experience everyday but most of the time dismiss as normal. I want to recomend it to every women or just everybody I know.

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  • ashleybk
  • 13-12-2018

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-12-2018

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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  • NJ Walker
  • 13-11-2018

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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  • Meagan Costello
  • 13-12-2018

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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  • NotYourAmelie
  • 27-03-2019

Amazing

It is hard work in places, just because some of the topics that are explored are hard to read about/listen to. But it is absolutely worth reading, and more than once. Ms Chemaly has clearly done her research and put a lot of thought into the whole thing.