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Feminist Theory by bell hooks
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Oct 08, 11

bookshelves: gender-studies, theeeeeeory
Read in October, 2011

What I like about bell hooks is how commonsense her approach is. She breaks down the situation, simply and directly, criticizing some of the contradictions that have plagued liberation struggles while still showing that they have merit. Unlike Marcuse, who was simply content to mock and giggle and suggest that nothing does anything ever, she is deadly serious about wanting to generate real-world solutions.

My main concern is that she works at such a grand, theoretical scale that I don't think her approach lends itself well to practical solutions. In her attempt to find a singular approach to solidarity and liberation, I feel like she winds up alienating a lot of groups who have the same spirit as her but lack her specific vision.
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