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Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics

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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 e ...more
Paperback, 123 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by South End Press
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Feb 19, 2011 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 here, bu ...more
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
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, feminist
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
Jun 14, 2007 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?
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
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).
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: feminism
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
Apr 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: nobody
Shelves: political, 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
Jan 07, 2015 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
Sean Chick
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bell Hooks (I will not entertain her nor E. E. Cummings) attempted to make feminism a broader idea than simple female empowerment. To this end, issues of race and class (in that order too) were brought in to what might not be the foundational text of intersectionality, but certainly one of the seminal ones. Although jargon heavy, Hooks is accessible compared to other books and the brevity of this book suits its purpose well.

Where I stand unconvinced is the idea that feminism is for "everybody."
Jul 12, 2013 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
Meonicorn (The Bookish Land)
4.5 round up to 5 stars. Now you can check out my Video Review Here .

I gained so much from this book, two things I noticed tho: 1) I want to see how Bell Hooks came to her conclusions, what books did she read, and what analysis did she do. I guess I will need to read her other books to find out. 2) I would love to see more about Global Feminism, but it was one of the shortest chapters, which make sense since she's American. But I do like her thoughts on people should discuss other countries' iss
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: masters
I love this book and think the message is incredibly important. However, not a massive fan of the lady that read hook’s writing as I thought she sounded too robotic. Too uninterested in the topic.

Would highly recommend, just a different narrator, possibly even just go old school and pick up the paper edition
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Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-ficition
'"Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression." I love this definition...I love it because it so clearly states that the movement is not about being anti-male. It makes it clear that the problem is sexism. And that clarity helps us remember that all of us, female and male, have been socialized from birth on to accept sexist thought and action. As a consequence, females can be just as sexist as men. And while that does not excuse or justify male domination, it does m ...more
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
Oct 30, 2007 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
Sep 20, 2008 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
Ana ☾
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, read-in-english
Feminist politics aims to end domination to free us to be who we are - to live lives where we love justice, where we can live in peace. Feminism is for everybody.

4.5, though I could change the rating later to a 4 because I'm not quite sure yet of the rating.

I really liked this book. It was short and to the point, and though it was very basic (because is supposed to be more like a guide or manual), I really liked it.
Bell Hooks wrote this book as an introduction to feminism. The purpose of it was to be "easy to read without being simplistic. " Bell Hooks has accomplished what she has set out to achieve. Her writing style leans academic but it doesn't make it inaccessible. You just have to pay attention.

What I love about Feminism Is For Everybody is that it distills academic theory about feminism from an insider perspective. As it is an introduction, some of the chapters are not new to someone who reads femi
Jun 05, 2007 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
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this little introduction to (intersectional!) feminism. The chapters are short enough that I could read one on the commute to and from work, and each touched, albeit sometimes rather shallowly, on most of the issues the movement is concerned with, from a brief historical overview to the current state of affairs, education, reproductive rights, beauty standards, domestic violence, class, race, women in the workforce, masculinity, love, sex, and spirituality. Basically, it covers what fe ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I wouldn’t consider it to be elaborately thorough, at points it seemed abstract and not very elaborate but I guess the book itself was meant to be abstract and was written in a somewhat “informal” style so it could reach a broader audience. Loved it!
Hope Martin
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
In her book, Hooks states, "...we can work on behalf of feminism right where we are. We can begin to do the work on feminism at home, right where we live, educating ourselves and our loved ones" (116). I love this idea and I believe this book is a step in the right direction I want to take, but it left me just wanting more. Perhaps I'm missing something (I can't wait to discuss it with my book group), but I feel like those strategies to advocate for feminism were not as present as I would have l ...more
Sep 16, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: feminism, e-book
I guess i'll start with Bell definition of feminism which is:
“Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.”
I really like this definition because it doesn't only focus on women or men and neglect everybody in between. And it kinda recognize that there are issues that men suffer from because of sexism as well and i think it's important thing to say.
She said in the book a lot of dies or assumption in the world that feminism is anti-men and that has been perpetuate
Luis Francisco Contreras
Dec 06, 2015 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
A great introduction to feminist theory which I have highlighted the hell out of and filled with post its and sticky flags.
Liz Janet
Sep 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Basically, intersectionality is boss!
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Foundational and accessible. More anecdotal than I was expecting. A gateway into feminist ideas.
May 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 17, 2019 rated it liked it
When you open the copy of ‘Feminism is for Everybody’ at my house, the little inscription written in black ink reads “To Josh, How exciting to have new relationships and to learn new ideas, Amy April 2013”. There is a bookmark at page 54 (book is 118 pages) where Josh stopped reading. Last night at dinner I asked him why he had stopped reading it, and what he remembers of the book. “It was dry and too academic”, he told me immediately.
Fair enough. In the same way I have promised myself to never
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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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