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A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppr I am a little fledgling when it comes to intersectional feminism so this was a great book for me to read It further explored and clarified certain arguments and points of view that I ve readlistened about online It was published in 1987 so it s not completely up to date but it is really an excellent bookbell hooks discusses black women and the sexism and racism they faced during slavery and then continues discussing and exploring the sexism and racism that they face in contemporary times Particularly focusing on white women s feminism and how white feminism has historically excluded black women and women of colour from itI d really recommend it Her writing is powerful unapologetic and importantalso lots of today s mainstream white feminists could do with reading this tbhhhh

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Ession Ain't I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery the historic devaluation of bla A while back I read an article in the Washington Post about the new domesticity among women But it only identified the lives of white women living in urban cities After that I read another article about how the sustainable food movement and bike to work movement often appeared white and for people of priveledge Later on a show called Girls made its debut on HBO and there was uite an uproar about class and race because there appeared to be so much left out from a show that was supposed to be a great series on the modern woman On the modern feminist It reminded me how left out I feel about most feminist work and things in pop culture geared towards women I want to be interested because media is telling me it s for me But then I realized how much it isn t and I wondered constantly about the seperation Because of this I went to Ain t I a Woman a book I tried to read at 15 but needed now than ever The history of the feminist movement shared in this book is incredible The fact that it didn t want anything to do with black women made me think that we still have uite a long way to go To look at this body of work in today s light you can t deny that still womenwhite women and blackblack men How much are we still left out of the euation And for that uestion I can only say how important this book is for all women over two decades later There is a sense among most reviewers that AIAW is a good but somewhat jumbled term paper But to find out that Ms hooks was an undergraduate when this was written gives one the understanding that this is the beginning of hooks in the movement This is an incredible work for someone who was not a professor or not yet an expert in this field And to understand that it opens the doors for much of her later work and opens the doors for other black feminist writers and historians I took my time reading AIAW There was a sense that in some ways she was preaching to the choir but even the choir is shocked by this message I think her intention was not to rant to call out or shame but to teach To educate ALL women and men in the movement And for that I am extremely thankful for this book There s this idea that feminism is a radical thing but when approached in the right way it s there to open your eyes to the long history of ineuality A history that is often being repeated Feminism done right is there to radically change your mind about what your role is while walking through this life This book will make you rethink what it means to be a black woman

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Ck womanhood black male sexism racism within the recent women's movement and black women's involvement with femini I cannot stress enough how important this book is a molotov cocktail into the cultural necropolis that is America bell hooks wields her pen like a sledgehammer dismantling the pillars of a sexist racist and classist society She illustrates how these three insidious ideologies oppress and privilege us in myriad ways poisoning the possibility for genuine human interactioncommunity and dehumanizing us all Some reviewers have criticized the book for not having footnotes or for certain historical inaccuracies or generalizations These minor missteps do not change the validity of the conclusions she draws and conseuently are just ivory tower uibbling Her clarion call ending demanding a radical transformative force in American society to dismantle the institutions that merely perpetuate these oppressions restates Fanon s call for the New Man with a much better understanding of the pitfalls along the way If only Fanon would have realized that entrusting the revolution to patriarchs does not result in anyone being free and instead merely reanimates the rotting cadaver of Europe a monstrous edifice made flesh


10 thoughts on “Ain't I a Woman Black Women and Feminism

  1. says:

    It wasn't until I read this book did I finally start understand as to what it's truly like to exist as a black woman in our society I had always been a passionate and convicted feminist as far back as Jr High really After outgrowing the boybands of the late 90' early 00's I moved on to metal punk rock and emo

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    White male scholars who examined the black family by attempting to see in what ways it resembled the white family structure were confident that their data was not biased by their own personal prejudices against women assuming an active role in family decision making But it must be remembered that these white males were educated in an elite institutional world that excluded both black people and many white women institutions that

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    I am a little fledgling when it comes to intersectional feminism so this was a great book for me to read It further explored and clarified ce

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    Radical Accessible we need bell hooksThe Good I was setting a high bar expecting something similar to Angela Y Davis’ Women Race Class and Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider Essays and Speeches and to my delight bell hooks exceeded these expectations bell hooks exemplifies intersectionality at its best radical principled critiue while still grasping the big picture by maintaining solidarity and giving room for change thus not a cynical arm

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    A while back I read an article in the Washington Post about the new domesticity among women But it only identified the lives of white women living in urban cities After that I read another article about how the s

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    A very informative book

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    This was a great companion read to Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider Ain't I A Woman provides a comprehensive historical and social analysis of the ways black women have been marginalized by both white feminist movements and civil rights movements run by black menhooks brings forward numerous examples of racist act

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    I cannot stress enough how important this book is; a molotov cocktail into the cultural necropolis that is America bell hooks wields her pen like a sledgehammer dismantling the pillars of a sexist racist and classist society She illustrates how these three insidious ideologies oppress and privilege us in myriad ways poison

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    The most important book I've ever read

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    Bell hooks's primary opponent in this book is the white feminist movement what's typically called the second wave of the 1960s and 70s Her point is that the white women involved in the movement are racist and sexist and have routinely alienated and antagonized the black women who should be standing at their sides but in order to develop that point she retraces the history of black women in the United States since slavery The book was groun