Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks

By bell hooks

What's feminism? during this brief, obtainable primer, bell hooks explores the character of feminism and its optimistic promise to do away with sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. along with her attribute readability and directness, hooks encourages readers to determine how feminism can contact and alter their lives—to see that feminism is for everyone.

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After years of ownership by males who were not all anti-sexist Ms. magazine is now owned by women who are all deeply committed to feminist principles. This is a step in the right direction. If we do not work to create a mass-based movement which offers feminist education to everyone, females and males, feminist theory and practice will always be undermined by the negative information produced in most mainstream media. The citizens o f this nation cannot know the positive contributions feminist movement has made to all our lives if we do not highlight these gains.

However feminist women in the West are still struggling to decolonize feminist thinking and practice so that these issues can be addressed in a manner that does not reinscribe Western imperial­ ism. Consider the way many Western women, white and black, have confronted the issue of female circumcision in Africa and the Mid­ dle East. Usually these countries are depicted as “barbaric and un­ civilized,” the sexism there portrayed as more brutal and dangerous to women than the sexism here in the United States.

The anti-choice movement is fundamentally anti-feminist. While it is possible for women to individually choose never to have an abor­ tion, allegiance to feminist politics means that they still are pro-choice, that they support the right of females who need abortions to choose whether or not to have them. Young females who have always had access to effective contraception — who have never witnessed the tragedies caused by illegal abortions — have no firsthand experience o f the powerlessness and vulnerability to exploitation that will al­ ways be the outcome if females do not have reproductive rights.

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