Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot
Children are not stupid. They notice difference…moreActually, black dogs are less likely to be adopted. Google 'black dog syndrome' if you are interested.
Children are not stupid. They notice differences. They point out birthmarks, unusual haircuts, medical equipments - you name it. What's wrong with admitting that someone else's ancestors and your ancestors didn't exchange genes in 30-thousand years, instead of making it a taboo topic??(less)
PS I personally thought it was brilliant! She definitely helped me see new spaces of intersection that I hadn’t ever had to think about before.(less)
This book is not meant to be pretty or pleasant. It says what it says and it will call you out on your bullshit!
I will stress that this is a very important book that covers key issues for black people and black women most importantly because even within our own community we are still at the bottom of the food chain.
Its definitely not shocking to me and it's not news that mainstream feminism/feminist iconism ...more
Rarely in life do you find a work of nonfiction this short and this readable that is also so expansive, so all-encompassing, and so effective.
I really don't feel I need to use this review as a space to say anything more than PLEASE READ THIS, but I will explain briefly why this isn't quite 5 stars:
This book spends more time and is more explicit in condemning the words of Bernie Sanders supporters than it is of those of Trump supporters or ...more
I haven't read a lot of books on feminism (14 on my shelf) so perhaps it's too soon to make the assertion this is the best. I can say though, that of the books I have read, this is by far the best.
Mikki Kendall is a brilliant writer, eloquent and passionate and intelligent. She points out all the (many) ways traditional feminism is lacking, how it has commonly worked for the needs of middle- and upper-class straight cisgender white women while excluding eve ...more
It made me more aware of my own ignorance as a white female living in Australia - so many of these things I hadn't even considered - and it made me feel a little ashamed, to be honest.
That being said, the point of this book is not to shame, but to educate. She talks about issues that feminism supposedly tackles and then describes how badly feminism is missing the mark when it comes to women of colour. Apparently racism is more powerful than misogyny. I'm very voca ...more
”Instead of a framework that focuses on helping women get basic needs met, all too often the focus is not on survival but on increasing privilege. For a movement that is meant to represent all women, it often centers on those who already have most of their needs met.”
It’s more than having a seat at the table or being paid the same as your male colleagues — Basic needs like ...more
Sometimes solidarity is just that simple; step up, reach back and keep pushing forward.
This book has given me a heck of a lot to think about. Breaking feminism down to its barebones and highlighting how it impacts so much more than women in the workplace. I am inordinately privileged to have grown up where hunger, housing and gun violence have not impacted my lif ...more
One of the biggest issues with mainstream feminist writing has been the way the idea of what constitutes a feminist issue is framed. We rarely talk about basic needs as a feminist issue. Food insecurity and access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. Instead of a framework that focuses on helping women get basic needs met, all too often the focus is not on survival but on increasing privilege. For a movement that is meant to repres...more
I can only speak for my own identities, so if you're a white woman who considers yourself a feminist, do yours ...more
Listen Mikki Kendall did not come to play with y'all ...more
This is a book that I think is important for all women to read. Definitely thought provoking and eye-opening. I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. It talked a lot about the groups left behind in feminism and the parts of it that aren’t recognized as they should be. I’m glad I picked this one up!
Audio book source: Libby (borrow)
Story Rating: 4 stars
Narrators: Mikki Kendall
Narration Rating: 4 stars
Length: 6 hours and 57 minutes
I enjoyed Hood Feminism, but I didn’t find it as inspiring as ...more
This book is important. It’s not always pleasant. It calls you on your shit. But more people should read it. It serves as a reminder that feminist issues include things like food insecurity, access to quality education, a living wage, and medical care. The book discusses how gun violence, mental health, education, and poverty are all feminist issues and frames them as racial and socio-economi ...more
She draws on her own experiences with hunger, eating disorder, violence, hyper sexualization along with commentary that makes all of the essays so strong. My favorite essays ...more
I wish I could quote this whole book, but instead I'll give you ^ that one ^ and say: for as short as this book is, Mikki touches on a LOT of different topics, all tied together as feminist issues often ignored by mainstream feminism. I was all-in on every essay because even if this stuff doesn't specifically pertain to me (and sometimes it doesn't), I guaran ...more
---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----
Dnf p. 140. Well, someone has to give the 1st unpopular 1-star review. *sigh.* I guess that'll be me, then.
Will have to come back & review when I can more clearly articulate what is so wrong with this. Obviously I don't recommend it. If you've a science background, or any familiarity with recent social history (esp. w/ a legal bent) the problems here will become obvious in the reading without your even having to look into the...more