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  1. says:

    i kind of live blogged this book while i was re reading it yes, i originally read it shortly after it was released, because i loved bell hooks back then felt she could do no wrong as a feminist theorist this book was my first hint that she can do some pretty serious wrong in the decade since, her writing has gone steadily downhill is currently almost completely unreadable, incoherent, hippie weirdness there are little hints of the man pandering mega christian hooks was to become here, but my bigger issue with this book is that 1 the book, despite its brevity, veers wildly away from its own stated thesis to act as a basic introductory primer for people reluctant to align themselves with the feminist movement, 2 the book instead functions as a repository for hooks s own myriad opinions about what feminism really is how contentious inter movement arguments should have shaken out as such, it is riddled with opinion disguised as fact questionable arguments built on an ever shifting bedrock of historical inaccuracy concerning the formations, goals, fractures within the second wave feminist movement because there are no citations, footnotes, or leads to supplementary reading about the many, many issues that hooks touches upon in her shallow, four page chapters, a beginning feminist reader can only assume that hooks s assertions are accurate true, because they are presented to be so hooks positions herself as the leading authority on every issue she writes about in all of her books , in this one, she writes about topics that she has absolutely zero personal experience with her expert tone grates.i remembered disliking this book quite a bit when i first read it ten years ago but because i still respected hooks as a theorist a writer then, i charitably assumed that the problem was the structure that hooks just wasn t cut out to with elementary introductory primers she has historically shone as a thinker when writing about the intersections between race feminism, her writing on this topic has not always been simple easy to digest so i thought perhaps having to wander so far into a different territory necessitating a radically different authorial voice, hooks struggled.i re read it this past week for a feminist book club i recently joined, i discovered that the real problem is that this book fucking sucks in one of the earliest chapters, hooks shares her perspective that to be anti choice is to be anti feminist that no person can be feminist if they don t respect a woman s right to bodily autonomy in the form of supporting her right to choose abortion fair enough then hooks goes on to elaborate that she is personally very opposed to abortion for herself, although she has never been faced with an unintended pregnancy has not had to actually make the choice FASCINATING except not this is anecdata it has no place in a book that purports to be an objective primer on feminist issues this book is not billed as a memoir therefore, i do not care about hook s hypothetical personal stance on abortion she goes on to explain that she has had many friends over the years who were reluctant to take birth control lest men find them slutty rather than interrogating how a patriarchal culture that is hellbent on controlling women s sexualities might be playing a role in encouraging otherwise intelligent women to have sex with men who would classify them as slutty for making proactive decisions about their family planning options, hooks instead exorciates these women for behaving irresponsibly seeking repeat abortions after becoming pregnant she claims that medical science has taught us that repeat abortions are known to cause health problems.this is where the book lost me repeat abortions do not in fact cause any health problems there is some question of whether repeated dilation of the cervix can cause issues like cervical softening or perhaps scarring in extreme cases but the manifestations of these issues with repeat abortions obviously pale in comparison to the health risks long term health impact of bearing repeat babies the advent of earlier pregnancy detection greater abortion access means that women are able to seek abortions earlier in their pregnancies, when less cervical dilation is necessary to complete the procedure anti choice advocates, like the ones that hooks condemns as being anti woman, therefore anti feminist have been making a lot of in roads in trying to convince women that they may suffer long term negative helth effects from having abortions they have created the false psychological condition known as post abortion stress syndrome rightfully unrecognized by psychological authorities have falsely linked abortion to breast cancer infertility these are all scare tactics designed to intimidate women out of pursuing abortion there is no legitimate medical evidence to support them it is sad enraging to see hooks repeat these myths, especially in a book aimed primarily at young or otherwise inexperienced in feminism people who may not be privvy to feminist attempts at countering these lies.i had a LOT of other similar criticisms of the book hooks suggests that wealthy feminists their male allies should pool their financial resources to open low income housing co ops co operative feminist elementary schools she does not address the fact that funding public educations low income housing is ostensibly the job of the government, that feminists could should also pressure the government to meet that responsibility she suggests that consciousness raising groups, in which women in community with one another neighbors, co workers, friends gather together to discuss the issues facing their gender strategies for integrating feminist practice into their everyday lives should make a comeback fair enough, but she suggests that CR groups be run like alcoholics anonymous meetings she does not explain why a feminist discussion group should be structured like a support network for recovering addicts are feminists in recovery from an addiction to patriarchy the chapter on feminist parenting pretty much didn t address parenting at all instead, it functioned as a six page screed in which hooks congratulated herself for apparently being the only feminist around willing to address the seriousness of child abuse, to call out female abusers knowing something about hooks s personal history as a child abused at the hands of her mother, i could only assume that an autobiographical conceit was at work, because hooks is in no way one of the only feminists concerned about child abuse or willing to acknowledge the realities of female abusers hooks offered no practical tips whatsoever for how a feminist might integrate her political beliefs into her parenting which is unsurprising, as hooks is not a mother has no personal experience in this area but then why address it at all or why address it without doing outside research in order to flesh out the chapter there are thousands upon thousands of feminist mothers who probably would have been happy to talk with hooks about their issues strategies.this is one example among many that makes plain the fact that hooks wrote the book with no research, completely off the cuff, in order to meet a deadline she regularly quotes her own previously published books as sources they are almost the only sources in the book there is no list of citations or recommended further reading in the back of the book to hear hooks tell it, she is practically the only feminist who has been publishing on the topics the book covers, her books are the best place to turn for further reading having read pretty much the entire hooks ouvre, i can say that they vary wildly in quality, often use other hooks books as citations theoretical examples, often function as a way for hooks to grind an axe in argument with other prominent feminist writers generally without acknowledging that that is what she is doing she subjectively encapsulates their arguments generally does not even mention their names.in the chapter on female sexuality, hooks spills much ink bemoaning the fact that sex wars of the 1980s tore apart the feminist movement she sums up some of the provocative theories assertions of radical feminists like andrea dworkin including her claim that in a patriarchal society, all intercourse between men women is rape then explains why these theories are wrong offensive to feminist practice but at no point does she actually say, this is my opinionated response to the writings of andrea dworkin to do so, she would have to acknowledge that her theories are opinions rather than facts, she would be giving a confused reader a name to pursue in doing independent outside research i knew what hooks was talking about because i have been self educating in feminist theory for twenty years have read dworkin s books but the intended audience for this book is not someone like me it is a person who is brand new to feminism unfamiliar with the big arguments contentious opinions that have impacted the history of the movement by presenting her opinions as facts never naming the theorists she is covertly arguing against, hooks seeks to indoctrinate these uninformed readers into her own school of thought from the outset it so happens that i do not agree with many of dworkin s theories around sex sexuality but it s not right for hooks to mischaracterize them she does in such a sneaky, manipulative manner.i could go on about this for days, but suffice to say, this book is a tremendous disappointment to anyone who comes to feminism hoping to pursue meaningful independent thinking critical reading skills hooks shuts down all such possibilities is obsessed with the opinions one must hold in order to be a real feminist she is equally obsessed tormented by the thought that a feminist could potentially get media attention that she gets every chapter contains a snide aside about how people who do not share hooks s viewpoint about one topic or another got all the media attention became the face of the movement hooks seems to be strangely unaware that she is one of the most famous feminist voices in the world has been for at least twenty years hooks is routinely catty competitive with other feminists particularly with women that she claims are not feminists at all in the chapter on beauty, she complains that older unpartnered women are now having to compete for male attention with younger women who are not never will be feminists no one has to compete for male attention isn t part of feminism eschewing the NEED for male attention even if a woman does choose to compete, can t she do so in a way that doesn t malign women that she assumes are not sympathetic to feminism because hooks of course has no way of knowing which women consider themselves feminists which ones do not though she seems to assume that any woman who is pretty wears make up dresses in a feminine way dares to flirt with a man hooks wants for herself must not be a feminist she suggests that lesbians choose to be lesbians, which flies in the face of even the most staid mainstream gay rights theory she says that prostitutes are kidding themselves if they think they can prostitute their bodies maintain sexual agency in their intimate personal relationships which is about one step away from saying, you can t rape a hooker she essentially calls studies that investigate the impact of patriarchy on the self esteem of young girls sexist against boys, which is crazy she even goes so far as to suggest that a renewed respect for the medical value of breastfeeding is sexist, because it shoulders women with of the burden of feeding a baby she suggests that a conspiracy is afoot, because the popularity of formula had been experiencing an upward swing until women s liberation started making some headway, suddenly breastfeeding came back into vogue she does not stop to consider that perhaps a renewed interest in breastfeeding was in fact a product of women s liberation that women don t need to be sold an artifical product yoking them to capitalist consumer culture from the moment their babies are born when their bodies can produce a superior product for free.i could go on on there was not a single chapter in this book that did not contain something factually inaccurate, bizarre, or offensive please don t give this book to your newly minted feminist friends i don t know what to suggest instead, but there has GOT to be something better


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    Not until recently had I emerged out of the rock I was living under and located the everydaysexism twitter account Keeping an eye on their retweets for a little less than two weeks enabled me to discover that women are not only forced to endure the lecherous male gaze often called stare rape these days on public transportation, made the object of innuendo laced, denigrating remarks since puberty but also masturbated at in public without their consent not even women over 60 had been spared How blissfully ignorant I was of this last facet of everyday sexual harassment I went on a kind of mad rampage immediately, flooding my timeline with a deluge of tweets on the subject, appealing to of my followers to follow the everyday sexism account A day later when I had checked back in eagerly in the hopes of noticing any visible change NOTHING Not even one person among my followers I have nearly 1600 which maybe just a handful but it s not a very teeny number either had honored my request apart from the 3 who were already following them all of them women or women s issues related accounts yes Zanna is one.It was then that I realized, feminism in the 21st century is actually like a hip, new item of home decor that you place on a wall cabinet among the other borrowed, trendy opinions you profess as personal philosophy, then forget about Whenever some horrendous instance of brutality against a woman makes the morning news headlines, everyone s tch tch ing fake concern for civilization resurfaces, spills over into the realm of their office lunch hour debates and after a while dies a natural death Then they go back to the comfort of their tweleb status by posting the same old jokes about dumb blondes, unreasonable wives, sluts, cunts , boobs and what have you, each of which are guaranteed to get at least 20 retweets Lulz just chill, we re all kidding here, getting our kicks out of reinforcing the same old stereotypes that have done considerable damage to society since the dawn of time No harm done.It is this same all pervading reluctance of acknowledging the efficacy of a concept like feminism as a panacea for sexism, violence and all the other concomitant shit women face every single moment of their lives that forms the backbone of bell hooks s work.She merely chooses to use white supremacist capitalist patriarchy as a refrain so as to hammer this information into our brains Yes the recurrence of this phrase gets dull after a while, yes it is somewhat annoying but no it is not irrelevant Especially since bell hooks seems to support the branch of feminism which brings the concept of equality for everyone including homosexuals in all walks of life sexual, economic, social and religious under its envelope She summarizes the inception and journey of the feminist movement through the decades how it made its first proper appearance second wave in the U.S in the 60s with the waves of bra burning she is not against bra burning btw , angry women who had major grievances against a domestic arrangement where they held little to no power, how initially they believed feminism to be the theory and lesbianism the practice , how it has undergone gradual improvement to evolve into the polished academic discipline that it is today, how it was seen as an anathema in the past and how it continues to face a steadily growing list of challenges apathy of mass media being a major one She deftly interweaves feminism with the idea of politics, class struggle, physical beauty, love, religion, marriage, reproductive rights, parenting, masculinity and race to present before us a realistic picture of what truly internalizing its precepts can mean for us and our future But all the conventionally known preachings of the book aside, she makes another very pertinent point about stripping the verbiage of jargon from all the academic work on feminism to make them accessible to students and laymen alike, and working together to raise awareness of how feminism isn t inherently anti men or anti religion or even simply restricted to serving the interests of women in civilization, how feminism is for everybody Today in academic circles much of the most celebrated feminist theory is written in a sophisticated jargon that only the well educated can read Most people in our society do not have a basic understanding of feminism they cannot acquire that understanding from a wealth of diverse material, grade school level primers, and so on, because this material does not exist We must create it if we are to rebuild feminist movement that is truly for everyone To come to the negatives, there are almost none except the monotonous drone in which Hooks drives home her points which makes the reading experience little less than enjoyable, the drabness of her prose and the way her repeated references to her own writings reek of self importance And to further account for that missing star, I have this teeny niggling doubt about her defining acts of domestic violence , even those carried out by women against other women and children, as patriarchal violence She reckons some women have been so rigorously conditioned by the patriarchal world order based on principles of domination through violence and other acts of intimidation, that they re enact the same in their daily lives while dealing with people inferior in status to themselves Which I agree with but my limited knowledge of the world and its assorted contradictions tells me it s not just the men Some primeval inclination towards violence and skewing the power balance in any relationship is embedded in the human psyche in general, irrespective of sex But that aside, the overarching message one gets from hooks s outlook is that the traditional notions of manhood and masculinity have to be flushed down the toilet for feminism to even have a chance at victory And there s no second guessing it.


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    This is an accessible and lively introduction to an extremely important subject Feminism is by no means a dead field, especially not in the United States, where the fight over bills like SB5 still smoulder in Texas Broadly speaking, the present movement involves activism against oppression, discrimination, and exploitation hooks writes about such goals within a broad and inclusive variety of social and ethical positions, reproductive rights, the exploitation of female bodies, the necessity of working together with other social justice movements e.g race and sexuality , mutual respect within marriage, equality of opportunity and education, working within religion, and so forth Further, the previous waves and ideological movements within feminism are clarified and placed into a broader social context here In some aspects, we are a long way from the bra burning of the 1960s, but in some aspects, it is baffling that a struggle over reproductive rights, for example, would take so long and so easy be overtaken by reactionary forces.It is about personal liberty, freedom of action, and freedom of expression In many aspects, these issues seem so obvious and so pressing that many people would support some aspect of it or another without even thinking to call themselves feminists, or worse, not calling themselves that for fear of stereotyping This movement can be all inclusive, and calls for decency and respect, and human rights.The only real criticism I can immediately think of is that this book does not address the international currents of feminism, and its compatibility with other social norms Discrimination is, of course, not solely an American problem, and there is much to be done However, for an introduction, this is as reliable a book as can be found.


  4. says:

    I liked this book and would absolutely recommend it, but I think the title was misleading and it didn t serve hook s purpose, as I understood it She calls for the creation of feminist children s books, door to door chats, accessible explanations of feminism to those for whom feminism is the other f word This is just another example of the academization of feminism hooks critiques Its language is not exactly easy to follow, it assumes sympathy to feminism from the first page, and relies on at least some prior knowledge It s less of the introduction it frames itself as and of a mid level course but an excellent one which continues to be relevant 12 years after publication, hello, birth control and abortion debate I d have called it The Patriarchy Hurts Everybody, as that s the main and totally valid argument she makes here Also she straight up says you cannot be pro life and a feminist, which I 100% agree with, but makes for a sloppy title My other issues, from the petty to the serious 1 Who the hell proofread this and what did they have against commas 2 I read the phrase white supremacist capitalist patriarchy so many times that it stopped having meaning Also this is what I mean about the language not being the most accessible.3 The book makes some very excellent points about internalized misogyny manifesting in mother to child violence and abuse, which I honestly hadn t thought of before, and does mention that some men find themselves experiencing domestic violence, not as the abuser but as the abused, but seems to ignore homophobia and the myriad of violence it carries with it, for men and women, as an aspect of the sexism entrenched within our society Seemed like kind of a gaping omission 4 Speaking of gaping omissions, there was not a single mention of trans women or men This was disappointing, but honestly not shocking Trans women may not have the all of the exact same concerns as cis women mostly when it comes to abortions and contraceptives to prevent pregnancy but this doesn t mean they aren t women just the same and shouldn t be part of the everybody in the title I wasn t surprised to see trans women left out, but it does speak to one of hooks central themes that feminist women too often get stuck in the constraints of race, class, sexuality, political affiliation education level, and nationality and we need to look beyond them in order to attain true sisterhood I just wish she d included sex gender identity in that list as well.5 I was actually deeply distressed by the amount of times she made the connection between lesbianism and to a lesser extent, bisexuality and the notion of choice It came up so often that it can t have been a misunderstanding on my part I sincerely hope what she meant was along the lines of the choice to live as an out lesbian bisexual woman and to embrace that side of oneself and not the choice to BE a lesbian bisexual woman Though she only explicitly states this version once page 88 choosing bisexual practice , every other mention of sexuality and choice seems to frame queerness as an active decision Just in case this is any way unclear coming out of the closet is usually and ideally a choice The way in which you present whether or not you can pass is also, usually, a choice Being in the closet in the first place Is not This aspect of the book left an incredibly bad taste in my mouth and is the reason I can t give it than 3 stars.Despite my issues with Feminism is for Everybody I still wholeheartedly agree, am still proud to call myself a feminist, and greatly enjoyed reading something academic in nature after nearly 2 years out of college It s been a while since I ve read anything which made me think the way this did, and I missed engaging with texts.


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    I love bell hooks She is a little less hardcore and not so angry in this book, which makes it accessable to the masses I guess she did that on purpose, given the title of the book Feminism is for Everybody Her earlier works are great if you want a taste of angry lesbian, black feminist And who wouldn t want a taste of that


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    Review will come up soon Till then check this passage out We have not amassed enough testimony to let the world know the sexual pathologies and horrors women endured prior to the existence of dependable birth control It evokes fear within me just to imagine a world where every time a female is sexual she risks being impregnated, to imagine a world where men want sex and women fear it In such world a desiring woman might find the intersection of her desire and her fear We have not amassed enough testimony telling us what women did to ward off male sexual advances, how they coped with ongoing marital rape, how they coped with risking death to deal with unwanted pregnancies We do know that the world of female sexuality was forever changed by the coming of feminist sexual revolution AND this Often I tell the story of being at a fancy dinner party where a woman is describing the way she disciplines her young son by pinching him hard, clamping down on his little flesh for as long as it takes to control him And how everyone applauded her willingness to be a disciplinarian I shared the awareness that her behavior was abusive, that she was potentially planting the seeds for this male child to grow up and be abusive to women Significantly, I told the audience of listeners that if we had heard a man telling us how he just clamps down on a woman s flesh, pinching her hard to control her behavior it would have been immediately acknowledged as abusive Yet when a child is being hurt this form of negative domination is condoned This is not an isolated incident much severe violence against children is enacted daily by mothers and fathers AND AND AND THIS Problematically, for the most part feminist thinkers have never wanted to call attention to the reality that women are often the primary culprits in everyday violence against children simply because they are the primary parental caregivers While it was crucial and revolutionary that feminist movement called attention to the fact that male domination in the home often creates an autocracy where men sexually abuse children, the fact is that masses of children are daily abused verbally and physically by women and men Maternal sadism often leads women to emotionally abuse children, and feminist theory has not yet offered both feminist critique and feminist intervention when the issue is adult female violence against children In a culture of domination where children have no civil rights, those who are powerful, adult males and females, can exert autocratic rule of children All the medical facts show that children are violently abused daily in this society Much of that abuse is life threatening Many children die Women perpetuate this violence as much as men if not A serious gap in feminist thinking and practice has been the refusal of the movement to confront head on adult female violence against children Emphasizing male domination makes it easy for women, including feminist thinkers, to ignore the ways women abuse children A thought provoking and lucid guide to intersectional feminism that stresses on male allies and is to a large extent male centric, in terms of toxicity faced by men trapped in patriarchy.


  7. says:

    Tough book to rate Take the first and last chapter, and you have an incredibly well written book that perfectly sums up feminism, where it s been, where it lacks, and where it could go Feminism in theory is about respect, about choice, about re evaluating beliefs and including and affirming everyone 5 star all the way.The hundred pages in between are full of humble bragging the only time she doesn t use generalizations is to either slam a particular target or quote her own books , lamenting the ineffectiveness of the movement and Hooks personal disillusionment with it, and endless bitter screeds against the privileged class, affluent highly educated white women who in her opinion co opted and destroyed the movement that only Hooks is in the best position to set straight White supremacist capitalist patriarchy is another phrase that makes a regular appearance With all of that on display, it s hard to know whether to renounce feminism in favor of humanism perhaps or continue working toward greater equality for all under its name.I would never recommend it as an introduction No one barely becoming interested wants to know only why feminism failed or who broke it, when so many would dispute that it even was diminished This book would turn off any newcomer.Hooks has a particular habit of denouncing what she unconsciously affirms Denouncing the retreat of feminism into academic jargon, she uses patriarchy constantly without actually defining it, along with hegemony, pedagogy and so on Denouncing classism while basically engaging in class warfare It s a university level book, and deeply fails at its stated goal of being the pamphlet that anyone could be handed to quickly get an overview of why feminism is important, what its loftiest ideals are, and what gains have been made in its name.As long as it is, much research should have gone into the book it should have relied far less on the crutch of Hooks own experience, and on quotes from other people It seems as if this entire book was banged out in her study one afternoon, presenting the entire rest of the movement as nameless and faceless groups who all fit into one of several molds The early radical movement, the later classist white supremacist movement, or the splintered male hating movement This book would make it appear that Hooks is the only person in all of feminism who preaches love, inclusion, and education for all.Getting specific It s ludicrous that back to back chapters on nearly the same topic could be so different, such as 16 17 both are about sexual politics, but 17 is well thought out and well written with a powerful message from the beginning, while 16 is a bitter, meandering mess focused on how feminist bigotry helped turned back the clock on sexual rights Oddly, all of the best points of that one were made in the last page We are all too human and can bend our convictions in the face of intense stress, and that sexual freedom isn t about choosing a different path, but about being able to choose any path we desire.I almost wonder whether the best parts were written by one person, and the rest fleshed out by someone else But is the worst the ghostwriter, or the best


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    There s really not a lot I can add to the title Feminism is for Everybody This book is especially good for people who denounce feminism, or don t think we need to shout about it any It s the sort of book that should be on every school syllabus, to open discussions and make young people think about these issues To realise that talking about feminism goes beyond wanting equal rights in the workplace It s not a woman only book, it s not man hating, it s very intelligent, insightful and relevant The only reason I haven t rated it five stars is because it s fifteen years old and while most of it is still applicable today, there are obviously limitations in dealing with today s societal issues.


  9. says:

    I read this for my Intro to Gender and Women s studies course and I absolutely loved it It s the perfect place to start if you re interested in diving into feminist studies or even if you re already well versed in the subject It really is for EVERYBODY pun very much intended.


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    I m very glad I read this book The intersectional discussion of feminism was really interesting and made a lot of sense There s a big emphasis on intersectionality in feminism nowadays, which I appreciate and agree with, but it s been a little difficult for me to envision how everything would work together in terms of policy and activism This book was so helpful in this regard, and in that sense it was very valuable to me I also really appreciated the personal bits where bell hooks talked about her own life and how she came to be a feminist.However, I need to dock one star because I m not really sure if bell hooks accomplished what she set out to do with Feminism Is for Everybody In the introduction, she states that people are always coming up to her and asking questions about what feminism is and why they should believe in it, and she wrote this book as something that could be handed to newbies in response to such queries But I m not sure the book is ideal for that purpose First off, hooks writes as if the reader already has a basic understanding of feminism terms like the feminization of poverty, for example, go unexplained Second of all, I m sorry to say that the writing is somewhat dull which explains why it took me nearly a month to read 130 pages I worry that it might not be engaging enough to really pull in the uninitiated I might still recommend this book to someone new to feminism, but I would probably suggest pairing it with something like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie s We Should All Be Feminists for some basic background.


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download Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, read online Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, kindle ebook Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics, Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics 2e8015717361 Acclaimed Cultural Critic Bell Hooks Offers An Open Hearted And Welcoming Vision Of Gender, Sexuality, And Society In This Inspiring And Accessible Volume In Engaging And Provocative Style, Bell Hooks Introduces A Popular Theory Of Feminism Rooted In Common Sense And The Wisdom Of Experience Hers Is A Vision Of A Beloved Community That Appeals To All Those Committed To Equality, Mutual Respect, And Justice Hooks Applies Her Critical Analysis To The Most Contentious And Challenging Issues Facing Feminists Today, Including Reproductive Rights, Violence, Race, Class, And Work With Her Customary Insight And Unsparing Honesty, Hooks Calls For A Feminism Free From Barriers But Rich With Rigorous Debate In Language Both Eye Opening And Optimistic, Hooks Encourages Us To Demand Alternatives To Patriarchal, Racist, And Homophobic Culture, And To Imagine A Different Future