Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics Paperback – Jan 1 2010
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Praise for Feminism Is for Everybody:
"bell hooks has always written in a very readable style, eschewing footnotes because people in her hometown told her they were put off by books with footnotes. This time, she set out to write a book that explains feminism, particularly for a mainstream audience….certainly she has once again made the point that feminists need to try to reach women of all races and classes." ―Carol Anne Douglas, Off Our Backs (2001)--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain’t I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Finally, I disagree with the reviewer who said this book is only for the "fringe" because hooks points out "our feminist pioneers [were] privileged, educated white women." Um...THEY WERE for the most part. If you're looking for a whitewashed version of the history of feminism then this book isn't for you. Like the feminist movement itself, this book cannot address sex and gender without also addressing race and class. Also, nowhere in the book does hooks imply that housewives are excluded from feminism. The book actually touches on the fact that most of the work done by women (including especially unpaid domestic labor) is still unpaid and undervalued in this society.
The amazing thing about this book is that hooks is able to compress so much information into such an easy and interesting read. You won't put it down except maybe to get your hi-liter.
hooks also dicusses some of the differences between "reform" feminism and "revolutionary" feminism, and why knowing about the distinction is so important. That helped me to understand one reason why today's feminism seems to exclude women of color and poor women so much.
I highly recommend hooks' book for women (and men) who are new to feminism and to those who've been involved in the movement for a while. I think she has some excellent and important things to teach us about our movement and where it needs to go.
A free-thinker leverages the brilliance of others to enable him/her in developing and testing his/her own ideas...this is one author which will certainly help you in testing and developing your own ideas on feminism and patriarchy.
It is concise, easy reading. It also clearly reflects many of the same historical points which I recently saw on the PBS special "Not For Ourselves Alone"...a program about the early suffrage movement pioneers, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.
Most recent customer reviews
This is an awesome book for young women and young men to help them gain and understanding of how complex feminism is, and at the same time, how simple it is to understand,... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2010 by M. Weedmark
In "Feminism is for EVERYBODY", Hooks skims over her ideas, current topics and past writings. I think this is a fine book for someone who is ignorant to feminism or a an... Read morePublished on Dec 27 2003
his is a great books if you are intellectually challenged. I have not met an intellignet, thinking woman who actually enjoyed this mess. Read morePublished on May 13 2003 by DH
bell hooks has provided an insightful, intellectual look at feminism that is approachable and accessible. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2002 by Theodorea Berry
A well-rounded starter for anyone interested in true, historical feminism. I say "true" because it seems there are more and more pop culture books with a... Read morePublished on May 16 2002 by E. Davis
I have always admired and respected the formidable intelligence of bell hooks. I have read her books since Ain't I A Woman when I was still a sophomore in college. Read morePublished on Nov. 30 2001 by mp541
As a life long feminist, I have always espoused that feminism is about inclusion. This book opposes that belief. The title would lead one to beleive that Ms. Read morePublished on Aug. 1 2001
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