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Potential feminist theory must begin by consciously transforming its own definition to encompass the lives and ideas of women on the margin Hooks' work is a challenge to the women's movement and will have profound impact on all whose lives have been touched by feminism and its insight. the shift in expression from i am a feminist to i advocate feminism could serve as a useful strategy for eliminating the focus on identity and lifestyle It could serve as a way in which women who are concerned about feminism as well as other political movements could express their support while avoiding linguistic structures that give primacy to one particular group it would also encourage greater explorations in feminist theorywomen will know that white feminist activists have begun to confront racism in a serious and revolutionary manner when they are not simply acknowledging racism in feminist movement or calling attention to personal prejudice but are actively struggling to resist racist oppression 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A sweeping examination of the core issues of sexual politics bell hooks' new book Feminist Theory from margin to center argues that the contemporary feminist movement must establish a new direction for the 1980s Continuing the debates surrounding her controversial first book Ain't I A. Another iconic feminist text from bell hooks I love that hooks s writing always takes mainstream feminist thinking and elevates it She encourages us to deeply consider how racism and classism intersect with sexism to further marginalize women of color and poor women She argues that we should conceptualize feminism as a radical revolutionary movement as opposed to an individual lifestyle Her writing while intelligent and replete with critical analysis remains accessible and close to the human lived experience For example here is a uote about how she interrogates why feminism is not just about euality with men even though we often market it that way Women in lower class and poor groups particularly those who are non white would not have defined women s liberation as women gaining social euality with men since they are continually reminded in their everyday lives that all women do not share a common social status Concurrently they know that many males in their social groups are exploited and oppressed Knowing that men in their groups do not have social political and economic power they would not deem it liberatory to share their social status from the very onset of the women s liberation movement women in lower class and poor groups particularly those who are non white were suspicious of feminism precisely because they recognized the limitations inherent in its definition They recognized the possibility that feminism defined as social euality with men might easily become a movement that would primarily affect the social standing of white women in middle and upper class groups while affecting only in a very marginal way the social status of working class and poor women I would highly recommend this text to everyone especially those who are interested in feminism who hold dominant identities eg white middle to upper middle class etc hooks s writing challenged me to think about my own complicity both as a man and as someone who comes from a higher socioeconomic status When she wrote about how writing about feminism is often too secluded and filled with academic jargon to be understandable accessible or even helpful at all for poor women and women who have not had access to education I was forced to confront my own privilege of attending somewhat elite schools and universities throughout my life and my own complicity in classism Even in sections where I disagreed with her I felt that she could have done a better job discussing how heteronormative lifestyles do in fact perpetuate patriarchy for example the wedding industrial complex I still appreciated her thought process and her passion I will end this review by integrating a few passages from an early section of the book about feminism and its revolutionary roots The willingness to see feminism as a lifestyle choice rather than a political commitment reflects the class nature of the movement It is not surprising that the vast majority of women who euate feminism with alternative lifestyle are from middle class backgrounds unmarried college educated often students who are without many of the social and economic responsibilities that working class and poor women who are laborers parents homemakers and wives confront daily Often emphasis on identity and lifestyle is appealing because it creates a false sense that one is engaged in praxis However praxis within any political movement that aims to have a radical transformative impact on society cannot be solely focused on creating spaces wherein would be radicals experience safety and support Feminist movement to end sexist oppression actively engages participants in revolutionary struggle Struggle is rarely safe or pleasurable

REVIEW Feminist Theory from Margin to Center

Woman bell hooks suggests that feminists have not succeeded in creating a mass movement against sexist oppression because the very foundation of women's liberation has until now not accounted for the complexity and diversity of female experience In order to fulfill its revolutionary. Incredible book Examines the issues around women liberation through the lens of race class and gender and shows in amazing detail how ignoring just one of these would diminish the possibilities of the entire movement One thing that I am absolutely reveling in is the way how bell hooks advocates for wholeness how its not men who are the enemy but the whole capitalistic ethos that puts aggressive competition as its ultimate ideal How even women can be oppressors in family at work and on various other levels if they are immersed deep enough in such an ideology The need to see the entire picture seems to be her theme throughout and this emphasis on inclusion as opposed to division is very stimulating to readBasically I am in love with bell hooks right now and the beautifully cogent way she puts forward her arguments in this book There is no academic jargon or things that make reading such texts an excruciating process nor could I detect any dumbing down Reading it and processing the arguments it makes it feels like I can be whole again With an understanding of my own oppressive circumstances And the oppressive hierarchies I myself am involved in perpetuating Still have 60 pages to go this book might just change my life


10 thoughts on “Feminist Theory from Margin to Center

  1. says:

    Another iconic feminist text from bell hooks I love that hooks’s writing always takes mainstream feminist thinking and ele

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    Reading this book immediately following hooks' first book Ain't I a Woman Black Women and Feminism reveals how much a writer and theorist can develop in just a few years Where Ain't I a Woman suffered because of underdeveloped points and undertheorized intersections of class with race and gender Feminist Theory from Margin to Center shines

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    I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in feminism or anyone who currently identifies as a feminist but hasn't yet read t

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    When I started reading this book it was tough for me to get through even the first few pages The scathing criticism of feminist movements left me uncomfortable which is the exact point of this book While it did so it also made me take a hard look at how I advocate for feminism and made me aware of how privilege has shaped feminism

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    Incredible book Examines the issues around women liberation through the lens of race class and gender and shows in amazing detail how ignoring just one of these would diminish the possibilities of the entire movement One t

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    In my opinion this book is remarkable in the way that it forces the reader to acknowledge some uncomfortable truths about how we truly feel and see one another Some of this is so ingrained in us that we aren’t even aware of it To ef

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    I just finished this book and I found it challenging in the sense that it challenges some generally accepted notions and very thoughtful and we

  8. says:

    This is a difficult book to read if you are a white feminist because it reuires you to do one of three things1 Condemn bell hooks and stop reading no don’t do this2 Rationalize yes bell hooks is right about this but that’s the other white

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    the shift in expression from 'i am a feminist' to 'i advocate feminism' could serve as a useful strategy for elim

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    bell hooks kicked open the door and said that feminism was pretty much available in only one flavor making it difficult if n

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