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Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

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Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
Paperback, 123 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by South End Press (first published 2000)
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Samadrita
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 ...more
Ciara
Feb 19, 2011 Ciara rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Hadrian
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
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Em
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 ...more
Jessica
Jun 14, 2007 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: new feminists
I love bell hooks! She is a little less hardcore and not so angry in this book, which makes it more 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?
Josh
Apr 02, 2013 Josh rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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Pink
Jan 07, 2015 Pink rated it really liked it
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 more. 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 re ...more
Julie Ehlers
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 more personal bits where bell hooks talk ...more
A
Jul 12, 2013 A rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: feminists and fellow travelers in need of a quick refresher course in feminism
Recommended to A by: A friend who is apparently no longer on GR
I read this because I'd like to be better read on feminist theory and wanted a quick/easy "refresher." Also, I recall reading Hooks in a collection of feminist essays way back in 1999 or so and appreciating her particular perspective. I can't now recall what the title of the book was (I'll need to ask the friend who lent it to me) or even what the essay was about, but I do know that Hooks is an instrumental figure in bringing race and class into the discussion and has rightly criticized white mi ...more
Faith
Jun 05, 2013 Faith rated it it was ok
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Jesse Richards
This had some interesting parts, and filled in some gaps of the feminist movement's history for me, but it gets a low rating for one reason: it states its goal at the beginning - to be a primer on feminism accessible to all - and then fails miserably at it. I would never recommend this as a feminism primer to someone. It doesn't talk much about feminism or the need for it but rather dissects the in-fighting within the feminist movement. It's also extremely poorly written - too academic and with ...more
Qwo-Li
Oct 30, 2007 Qwo-Li rated it really liked it
One of the things I love about bell hooks is that she writes radical books for widely different audiences. This book is for both for an audience that hasn't thought much about feminism and has misconceptions of what "feminism" is, and also for feminists who aren't coming from movements that include an analysis of race and class at their centers. I've used this book in first year writing classes to teach about feminist politics and it's been really successful. It's a great book for any sort of in ...more
Suzie
Sep 20, 2008 Suzie rated it really liked it
A while back I was accused of being a feminist, to which my reply was "am not!" After reading bell hooks, I'm going back to that person to say "you're right. I am a feminist, and let me tell you why..."

I guess what I learned is that feminism isn't the f-word. Feminists are not man-haters, they aren't all lesbian (not that I thought either of these, but now I have enough material to cite when others make such unwitting remarks), and I think most importantly to my cultural background, they support
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James
Jun 05, 2007 James rated it liked it
This book is a nice short read covering the basics of feminist theories and detailing bell hooks's experience in becoming a feminist. She touches on a variety of subjects and how they relate to feminism in practice. Class, work, race, bodies, relationships, sexuality, and others are all touched upon. It's pretty good, especially for a beginning text.

I picked it up because I thought I could use a little brushing up on some feminist theory, and I always prefer the basic theory stuff as opposed to
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Laura Kovácsová
Jan 03, 2017 Laura Kovácsová rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Komplexné čítaníčko pre každého, kto už nechce len gúľať očami pri všetkých tých debatách o klasických stereotypoch spojených s feminizmom.

"Ženy nenávidia mužov."
"Ty si taká iná feministka, nie ako tie ostatné."
"Samozrejme, že chcem rovnoprávne postavenie žien a mužov v spoločnosti, ale nie, nie som feministka."
"Veď to sú len komplimenty."

Ešte nás čaká veľa roboty v spoločnosti, kde vládne popri sexistickej, rasovej a iných, najmä triedna nadradenosť, ktorú máme my, z privilegovanej vrstvy, ni
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Ana Rînceanu
A great introduction to feminist theory which I have highlighted the hell out of and filled with post its and sticky flags.
Wealhtheow
Jul 23, 2013 Wealhtheow rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, race
hooks has written a short, very readable selection of essays on a variety of topics, from sexuality to domestic violence to intersectionality. This could be used as an intermediate introduction to feminism--maybe what you give someone after they've already ingested the basic facts of current inequalities. Feminism is for Everybody doesn't make the case for feminism's existence, but rather is a slightly disjointed history of feminism from the 1960s through the 90s and a basic primer on what hooks ...more
HeavyReader
Jul 04, 2007 HeavyReader rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people wondering what feminism is all about
Shelves: feminist
I decided to read this book because many of my friends have read it , and because it is only about 100 pages long.

I like the concise, precise definiation of feminism that hooks gives in this book: "Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression."

I like that in each chapter hooks focuses on an aspect of feminism and discusses how the patriarchal tool of the mainstream media has distorted the true meaning of that feature of feminism. I like that hooks critiques what femi
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AJ
I really enjoyed bell hooks' take on feminism, how it can't properly exist without tackling the issues of racism, classism, homophobia, etc. However, I don't think that this book is a good primer for feminism, and I probably wouldn't recommend it to anybody who wants an introduction. (For that I would recommend Full Frontal Feminism A Young Woman's Guide to Why Feminism Matters by Jessica Valenti.)

I would have given this book 4 stars but the typos and grammatical errors made the book difficult t
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Liz Janet
Sep 30, 2015 Liz Janet rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-buy
Basically, intersectionality is boss!
Liz
May 28, 2016 Liz rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
Right at the beginning the author states that the book's goal is to provide an accessible "guide" to feminism for all.
It is neither particularly accessible, nor does it really help as a guide. Thankfully, I know history fairly well, particularly the history of feminism, so I knew what the author was talking about in most cases, but for a person who does not know much history this book will be a torture. It is jumbled, inconsistent and badly written, but let me start at the beginning.

I have one
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Shaima
Jan 03, 2017 Shaima rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved, essays, feminism, women
“Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.”

This book should be a required reading in schools for the information about feminism it has, not only does bell hooks explains what feminism is in a way that includes everyone, but she also criticises what went wrong with the movement and offers solutions for the issues. A definite must-read!
Althea J.
Sep 16, 2014 Althea J. rated it it was amazing
This is an important book. I think everyone, both male and female would benefit from reading it. There are so many important ideas articulated in this book in a simple and accessible manner.

. Feminism isn't anti-male, it's anti-sexist.

. Sexism is something that has been ingrained into the mindsets of both males and females and it is something that requires reflection and education on the part of all individuals.

. Economic self-sufficiency is needed for all women if they are to be free to be full
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Molly Westerman
Mar 26, 2014 Molly Westerman rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, nonfiction
[I wrote a more detailed review at my feminist parenting & books blog First the Egg.]

I both loved and (not hated but) really disliked this book.

Enthusiastic about:
* the idea of a very brief and accessible introduction to feminism from a positive, loving perspective
* the inclusion of some less-obvious topics alongside the usual suspects (I especially appreciated the discussion of spirituality, religion, and feminism)
* the book's repeated acknowledgement of children's difficult position within
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Luis Francisco Contreras
Dec 06, 2015 Luis Francisco Contreras rated it did not like it
It's one of the few times I've been so harsh with a review here on Goodreads, but this book did not accomplish any of the things outlined in its beginning thesis. I am the perfect target audience for this book, a curious outsider eager to learn more about the movement. I expected a comprehensive primer which gave the overall landscape of feminism and justified its foundational definition; a push to "end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression" . Instead, what I got was an out-of-place rant a ...more
Melissa
Nov 28, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: printed
This is a boon for anyone wanting a crash course in the history of the development of feminist theory. I admire hooks for her audacity and willingness to continue the development of feminist theory and found much of her structure enriching, but some of her conclusions about feminist religion and sexuality seemed shaky to me. Definitely recommended for rich food for thought, and I definitely plan on diving into more of her writing.

2016 Reading Challenge:
1. a book published this year: In Other Wo
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Dana
Jun 27, 2016 Dana rated it liked it
There are some things I loved about this book, and many that I didn't. I'll start with the latter. The author wants to explain feminism to everybody, yet she forgets that not everybody knows what she means by "radical," "chauvinism," "patriarchy," etc. Thus, she makes the same mistake she warns us against: is too academic. Also, she makes many allusions to events without really saying when they happened and who was there. It's as if she's talking to herself.

But, the sections which are a bit mor
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Nita
Oct 29, 2014 Nita rated it really liked it
I'm not quite sure what Hooks was aiming for this book to be.

Is it supposed to be informative? If so, where is her list of sources?

If it's goal was to be a collection of her opinions and anecdotes related to her experiences with feminism and anti-feminism - then that's perfect because that's what this is.

I don't regret reading it, and I didn't hate it, I just feel I was misled into thinking I was reading a properly researched academic piece, which is not what I would call this. The majority of
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Maya ❤
Jun 21, 2016 Maya ❤ rated it liked it
Book 19/45 of 2016

I got this book because I went to a pre-college program at Barnard College, where I took a class on feminist politics. This was one of the class materials, so I decided to read the full book. This book has interesting topics, but it's sooooooooooo slow and dense. Hooks says that feminism should be made simple for everyone to understand, but this book is full of long sentences and dense paragraphs. I would suggest reading this book in excerpts and not all in one go.

Also, I hated
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Lauren
Aug 04, 2016 Lauren rated it it was ok
On the first page, bell hooks says she wrote this as an intro to feminism for the masses. Unfortunately, her academic language, terrible grammar, missing commas, and lack of sources make this introduction inaccessible, boring, sloppy, and ineffective. I'm guessing her intended audience would put this book down at about page 3. I'd hoped this would be a rallying cry to fight the patriarchy, instead it's a dull lecture that had me fighting to say awake. Read "We Should All Be Feminists" by Chimama ...more
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Bell Hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is an African-American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in ...more
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