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Review: Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks

March 5, 2012

Feminism is for Everybody coverTitle: Feminism is for Everybody
Author: hooks, bell
Length: 120 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction, Feminism
Publisher / Year: South End Press / 2000
Source: Amazon
Rating: 4.5/5
Why I Read It: Year of Feminist Classics February read.
Date Read: 05/02/12

This was our read for February in the Year of Feminist Classics project. I wrote an introduction, a discussion post, and a wrap-up. There I said, among other things:

I really enjoyed the read, and while I thought it didn’t quite reach her stated goal of being a primer or introduction for those who don’t know about feminism, I think it definitely works well as a book showing an overview to those already familiar with the basics of and reasons for feminism. I like her definition which is short and to the point, and which acknowledges the fact that feminism isn’t about putting women above men, it is about ending sexist oppression – any form of sexist oppression, and that women can be just as sexist as men sometimes. We all need to acknowledge the ways in which we oppress other women, she says, and work to eliminate that in ourselves.

I encourage you to pop over to the dedicated sites and read my full thoughts.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. March 5, 2012 10:50 am

    This reminds me I never finished Ain’t I a Woman…dagnabit, where did I put that book…. :)

  2. March 5, 2012 11:51 am

    Interesting… I read a review on another’s blog a moment ago.

  3. March 5, 2012 1:57 pm

    I think this book would be an excellent place for me to dip my toes into feminist writing, which I have avoided somewhat because I felt it might go over my head. I was really excited to read a little about this book and to realize that this would be a great starting point for me. Excellent thoughts on this one. Off to find out more…

  4. March 5, 2012 3:30 pm

    bell hooks is an author I REALLY want to read. I am even willing to get over the whole, “I’m too cool to capitalize my name” thing because the subject matter seems so awesome.

    • March 10, 2012 4:51 pm

      She’s fantastic Aarti. Ain’t I a Woman was even better than this one, I recommend it first :) And you are right, the not even capitalizing thing is kinda super awesome. heh

  5. March 5, 2012 6:34 pm

    Sounds good and a new title to me…. but heck, you are always introducing me to new books Amy! :)

  6. March 6, 2012 10:51 pm

    I love your handling of this book! Thank you.

    • March 6, 2012 10:52 pm

      Actually, I don’t like I put that… I appreciate your sensitive and respectful and challenging presentation of this book’s importance. :)

    • March 10, 2012 4:51 pm

      Thanks Care :) heh

  7. March 6, 2012 11:25 pm

    I re-read her remembered rapture last month and enjoyed it even more than I did the first time; there are several essays which are more about the writing life than you might enjoy (thinking about your response to the Francine Prose work), but there is such a lot about the love of reading in them, too, that I think you might enjoy them anyhow, and even if not, there are plenty of essays in there that are just plain bookish, guaranteed to add many titles to your TBR list!

    • March 10, 2012 4:52 pm

      Sounds like a really interesting read BIP, adding it to my wish list for sure!

  8. March 7, 2012 1:34 am

    I really want to read this at some point. I wish I was better at reading projects and had read this by now!

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