Bell Hooks Essay

Bell Hooks Essay-90
Feminist change has already touched all our lives in a positive way.

Feminist change has already touched all our lives in a positive way.And yet we lose sight of the positive when all we hear about feminism is negative.She sees the promise and hope in feminist movement.

I have wanted to give it to the folk I love so that they can understand better this cause, this feminist politics I believe in so deeply, that is the foundation of my political life.

I have wanted them to have an answer to the question “what is feminism? I have wanted them to have this simple definition to read again and again so they know: “Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” I love this definition, which I first offered more than 10 years ago in my book I love it because it so clearly states that the movement is not about be- ing anti-male. And that clarity helps us remember that all of us, female and male, have been socialized from birth on to accept sexist thought and action.

I assure them I am as a real and as radical a feminist as one can be, and if they dare to come closer to feminism they will see it is not how they have imagined it.

Each time I leave one of these encounters, I want to have in my hand a little book so that I can say, read this book, and it will tell you what feminism is, what the movement is about.

I had to write it because I kept waiting for it to appear, and it did not.

And without it there was no way to address the hordes of people in this nation who are daily bombarded with anti-feminist backlash, who are being told to hate and resist a movement that they know very little about.

But feminist theory — that’s the place where the questions stop.

In- stead I tend to hear all about the evil of feminism and the bad feminists: how “they” hate men; how “they” want to go against nature — and god; how “they” are all lesbians; how “they” are taking all the jobs and making the world hard for white men, who do not stand a chance.

When I ask these same folks about the feminist books or magazines they read, when I ask them about the feminist talks they have heard, about the feminist activists they know, they respond by let- ting me know that everything they know about feminism has come into their lives thirdhand, that they really have not come close enough to feminist movement to know what really happens, what it’s really about.

Mostly they think feminism is a bunch of angry women who want to be like men.


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