We’ve been having this conversation for a while here; it’s nice that someone with better amplification is doing it now.
Just hours after the Twin Towers were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001, Susan C. Faludi ’81 knew something fundamental had changed when a journalist who called her for a phone interview remarked, “This sure pushes feminism off the map!”
That statement would prove to be portentous, the Pulitizer-Prize winning writer and feminist said at the Harvard Book Store on Oct. 5, because it signaled a substantial shift in the national psyche of the American society, press, and government.
“The nation responded in ways…that are strange and disturbing,” said Faludi, who is a former Crimson managing editor. That set of responses became the focus of her new book, “The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post 9/11 America.” In studying the media coverage that immediately followed 9/11, Faludi said…