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Feminist Theory by bell hooks
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Dec 09, 07

really liked it
bookshelves: gender
Read in January, 1999

A huge dilemma in feminist writing centers on accessibility. This dilemma is also present in race theory. When the author is writing from a black feminist perspective, the issues are exacerbated.

Does a feminist write for the masses, including low-income under-educated women, many who are women of color? Can writing be feminist if it doesn't write according to the ideal it espouses?

A frequent criticism of bell hooks' writing is that it is lowbrow. But calling it lowbrow incites a whole range of criticism with which I don't wholeheartedly disagree.

All of that being said (and maybe it doesn't make sense to anyone who hasn't sat for hours discussing feminist theory of writing...), there are some heavy interesting concepts in this book.

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