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Feminist Theory by Bell Hooks
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Oct 27, 11

bookshelves: womens-lib-feminism, own
Read from October 24 to 27, 2011

i thought this book was great! the blending of issues of class and race along with women's oppression is an all too rare phenomenon outside marxist analysis of women's oppression. hooks' critique of feminist theory is important for everyone to read. and while she uses terms like 'patriarchy' it is clear that she doesn't use it in the narrow theoretical way indicating all men oppress all women all the time. the only problem i had with it (outside of a couple of things simply related to the period it was written in) was the solutions offered. she sees the necessity of a social revolution for any fundamental change to occur but seem to simply call for individuals to change their minds/thinking. the concept of people's consciousness changing in struggles for reforms would've been well suited in this section. though she highlight the impact of class on the fighters against women's oppression she still sees a need (and presumably) a cross-class revolutionary movement for change. i was left with the queestion of why an upper-class white woman would want to build such a movement? and shouldn't we look to organize anti-sexist fighters within out own class where are goals the most similar? over all, this was a kick ass book. it expands and deepens the theoretical side of feminism as well as showing the bankruptcy or inadequacy of previous feminist theories. recommended to all who want to fight for a better world without women's oppression and to all marxist who want a deeper understanding of the subtle arguments that go beyond simply a ham-fisted materialism.

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