“Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics” by Bell Hooks

Here is a link for the book “Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics” by Bell Hooks. It is only 68 pages.

http://excoradfeminisms.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/bell_hooks-feminism_is_for_everybody.pdf

I am currently reading this book, but wanted to share the link as I have been told it is an excellent intro to feminism for those who have no education around feminist theory or philosophy.

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bell hooks: Cultural Criticism & Transformation

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Here are some of my favourite Bell Hooks quotes:

“Love is an action, never simply a feeling.”
bell hooks
“When we face pain in relationships our first response is often to sever bonds rather than to maintain commitment. “
bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions
“Living simply makes loving simple.”
bell hooks
“For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?”
bell hooks
“I will not have my life narrowed down. I will not bow down to somebody else’s whim or to someone else’s ignorance.”
bell hooks
“When we drop fear, we can draw nearer to people, we can draw nearer to the earth, we can draw nearer to all the heavenly creatures that surround us.”
bell hooks
“Think of all the women you know who will not allow themselves to be seen without makeup. I often wonder how they feel about themselves at night when they are climbing into bed with intimate partners. Are they overwhelmed with secret shame that someone sees them as they really are? Or do they sleep with rage that who they really are can be celebrated or cared for only in secret?”
bell hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love
“I am passionate about everything in my life–first and foremost, passionate about ideas. And that’s a dangerous person to be in this society, not just because I’m a woman, but because it’s such a fundamentally anti-intellectual, anti-critical thinking society. –bell hooks”
bell hooks
“Being oppressed means the absence of choices”
bell hooks
“I still think it’s important for people to have a sharp, ongoing critique of marriage in patriarchal society — because once you marry within a society that remains patriarchal, no matter how alternative you want to be within your unit, there is still a culture outside you that will impose many, many values on you whether you want them to or not. ”
bell hooks
“The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is-it’s to imagine what is possible.”
bell hooks
“There are times when personal experience keeps us from reaching the mountain top and so we let it go because the weight of it is too heavy. And sometimes the mountain top is difficult to reach with all our resources, factual and confessional, so we are just there, collectively grasping, feeling the limitations of knowledge, longing together, yearning for a way to reach that highest point. Even this yearning is a way to know.”
bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress
“The transformative power of love is not fully embraced in our society because we often wrongly believe that torment and anguish are our ‘natural’ condition.”
bell hooks
“Relationships are treated like Dixie cups. They are the same. They are disposable. If it does not work, drop it, throw it away, get another.Committed bonds (including marriage) cannot last when this is the prevailing logic. Most of us are unclear about what to do to protect and strengthen caring bonds when our self-centered needs are not being met.”
bell hooks, All About Love: New Visions
“I want there to be a place in the world where people can engage in one another’s differences in a way that is redemptive, full of hope and possibility. Not this “In order to love you, I must make you something else”. That’s what domination is all about, that in order to be close to you, I must possess you, remake and recast you.”
bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies
“If I do not speak in a language that can be understood there is little chance for a dialogue.”
bell hooks
“Dominator culture teaches all of us that the core of our identity is defined by the will to dominate and control others. We are taught that this will to dominate is more biologically hardwired in males than in females. In actuality, dominator culture teaches us that we are all natural-born killers but that males are more able to realize the predator role. In the dominator model the pursuit of external power, the ability to manipulate and control others, is what matters most. When culture is based on a dominator model, not only will it be violent but it will frame all relationships as power struggles.”
bell hooks
“One of the most subversive institutions in the United States is the public library..”
bell hooks, Rock My Soul: Black People and Self-Esteem
“Changing how we see images is clearly one way to change the world.”
bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies
“Hope is essential to any political struggle for radical change when the overall social climate promotes disillusionment and despair.”
bell hooks, Talking About a Revolution: Interviews with Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, bell hooks, Peter Kwong, Winona LaDuke, Manning Marable, Urvashi Vaid, and Howard Zinn
“It is necessary to remember, as we think critically about domination, that we all have the capacity to act in ways that oppress, dominate, wound (whether or not that power is institutionalized). It is necessary to remember that it is first the potential oppressor within that we must resist – the potential victim within that we must rescue – otherwise we cannot hope for an end to domination, for liberation.”
bell hooks, Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black
“In a culture of domination, preoccupation with victimage is inevitable.”
bell hooks
“It’s in the act of having to do things that you don’t want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego.”
bell hooks
“We keep coming back to the question of representation because identity is always about representation. People forget that when they wanted white women to get into the workforce because of the world war, what did they start doing? They started having a lot of commercials, a lot of movies, a lot of things that were redoing the female image, saying, “Hey, you can work for the war, but you can still be feminine.” So what we see is that the mass media, film, TV, all of these things, are powerful vehicles for maintaining the kinds of systems of domination we live under, imperialism, racism, sexism etc. Often there’s a denial of this and art is presented as politically neutral, as though it is not shaped by a reality of domination.
bell hooks, Reel to Real: Race, Sex, and Class at the Movies
“Writing is my passion. It is a way to experience the ecstatic. The root understanding of the word ecstasy—“to stand outside”—comes to me in those moments when I am immersed so deeply in the act of thinking and writing that everything else, even flesh, falls away.”
bell hooks
I feel like there is always something trying to pull us back into sleep, that there is this sort of seductive quality in all the hedonistic pleasures that pull on us.
Bell Hooks
I’m such a girl for the living room. I really like to stay in my nest and not move. I travel in my mind, and that that’s a rigorous state of journeying for me. My body isn’t that interested in moving from place to place.
Bell Hooks
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One thought on ““Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics” by Bell Hooks

  1. Sasha says:

    Thank you for sharing that. :)

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