Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center

A sweeping examination of the core issues of sexual politics, bell hooks new book Feminist Theory from margin to center argues that the contemporary feminist movement must establish a new direction for the 1980s Continuing the debates surrounding her controversial first book, Ain t I A Woman, bell hooks suggests that feminists have not succeeded in creating a mass movemA sweeping examination of the core issues of sexual politics, bell hooks new book Feminist Theory from margin to center argues that the contemporary feminist movement must establish a new direction for the 1980s Continuing the debates surrounding her controversial first book, Ain t I A Woman, bell hooks suggests that feminists have not succeeded in creating a mass movement against sexist oppression because the very foundation of women s liberation has, until now, not accounted for the complexity and diversity of female experience In order to fulfill its revolutionary potential, feminist theory must begin by consciously transforming its own definition to encompass the lives and ideas of women on the margin Hooks work is a challenge to the women s movement and will have profound impact on all whose lives have been touched by feminism and its insights.
Feminist Theory From Margin to Center A sweeping examination of the core issues of sexual politics bell hooks new book Feminist Theory from margin to center argues that the contemporary feminist movement must establish a new direction fo

  • Title: Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
  • Author: bell hooks
  • ISBN: 9780896082212
  • Page: 374
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center”

    1. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in feminism or anyone who currently identifies as a feminist but hasn't yet read this. hooks has a very accessible writing style and does an impeccable job of pointing out the flaws in the feminist movement and putting forth ideas of what feminism as a movement should be if it has any hope of success.

    2. Reading this book immediately following hooks' first book, Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism reveals how much a writer and theorist can develop in just a few years. Where Ain't I a Woman suffered because of underdeveloped points and undertheorized intersections of class with race and gender, Feminist Theory from Margin to Center shines. Hooks here works to re-define feminism in a way that opens up the movement to women and men of all race and class backgrounds and allows feminism to work [...]

    3. Incredible book. Examines the issues around women liberation through the lens of race, class, and gender, and shows in amazing detail how ignoring just one of these would diminish the possibilities of the entire movement. One thing that I am absolutely reveling in is the way how bell hooks advocates for wholeness, how its not men who are the enemy but the whole capitalistic ethos that puts aggressive competition as its ultimate ideal. How even women can be oppressors, in family, at work, and on [...]

    4. I just finished this book, and I found it challenging (in the sense that it challenges some generally accepted notions) and very thoughtful and well-written. She argues that mainstream feminism, which has been dominated by middle and upper-class white women, has not opened its doors adequately to non-white and working class women. she argues that part of the reason the movement has failed is because there has been an internalization of the sexist oppression paradigm by the leaders of the feminis [...]

    5. This is a difficult book to read if you are a white feminist because it requires you to do one of three things.1) Condemn bell hooks and stop reading (no, don’t do this)2) Rationalize: yes, bell hooks is right about this, but that’s the other white feminists, that’s not me. I am an ally. In fact, I am Saint Ally and nobody could ever say that I really fit into this stereotype of white feminists she is describing (slightly less bad, because it has more potential for growth, but don’t do t [...]

    6. Terminei a leitura sonhando com uma forma de me dar esse livro de presente quando entrei para a faculdade. Teria sido uma revelação, porque talvez então eu tivesse conseguido elaborar toda a minha raiva (que era muito difusa) naquela época. bel hooks mete a real: sem recorte de raça e classe o feminismo é só uma bandeira para mulheres bem nascidas - e se o foco não estiver na eliminação de injustiças sociais (para além das de gênero), a gente não vai sair do lugar. Eu conseguia no [...]

    7. "the shift in expression from 'i am a feminist' to 'i advocate feminism' could serve as a useful strategy for eliminating the focus on identity and lifestyle. It could serve as a way in which women who are concerned about feminism as well as other political movements could express their support while avoiding linguistic structures that give primacy to one particular group. it would also encourage greater explorations in feminist theory.""women will know that white feminist activists have begun t [...]

    8. bell hooks kicked open the door, and said that feminism was pretty much available in only one flavor, making it difficult, if not impossible, for women of other races and classes to join in. Feminism lacked diversity (barring lip service) because it didn't accommodate all women. It did not hear or see women whose lives did not mirror those of middle or upper class, college-educated Caucasian women. Then she broke down the next door and declared that no one even knew what Feminism was. It's not b [...]

    9. more bell hooks brilliance as usual. written in 84, this one criticizes the (white-dominated) feminist movement of the time, and provides another important stepping stone from the Second Wave to the Third Wave of Feminismso includes brilliant sections like this passage from page 121:"Patriarchal male rule took on an entirely different character in the context of advanced capitalist society As workers, most men in our culture (like working women) are controlled, dominated. Unlike working women, w [...]

    10. This was a great overview of bell hooks's views on various issues insofar as they relate to feminism. She addresses several different things, including race, violence, parenting and sex. Each chapter was pretty distinct and could be read as a separate essay, but I think the book is best read cover-to-cover.If you are beginning to learn about feminism, this might not be the best place to start (go read Feminism is for Everybody, also by bell hooks) but I wouldn't say this is a difficult or dry re [...]

    11. This book really helped me see the complex relationship between sexism and racism. And my place as not only someone who suffers oppression as a woman, but also as a white woman, someone who benefits from the racist oppression of others and therefore causes suffering in others.

    12. I recall the very first time I put my hands on one of the bell hook’s books. It was ‘Feminism is for everybody’. Even though, I do not remember the exact content of that book, I do know I had some issues with it. This was the reason I was not eager to perpetuate my acquaintance with her other works. But, oh boy, what a mistake it was! I am more than glad that I picked ‘Feminist Theory’ because it is really really good!While analysing and critizising women’s situation bell hooks takes [...]

    13. Although this book presented a critical challenge to feminist orthodoxy at the time it was published, it has ironically become the contemporary feminist party line. There are some aspects of this book I find praiseworthy and other elements I find problematic, but regardless of which arguments fall in which categories, I think today's feminists would do well to take up hooks's call to continually re-evaluate whatever the hegemonic consensus of the day is.On the positive side, hooks is excellent a [...]

    14. It took me a while, but I finally finished it. It took a while not because I didn't want to read it, but rather because it was so deep I wanted to read it when I could devote a hefty chunk of time to read it and process the info.My copy has a bazillion pink and yellow tabs sticking out of it; all the spots I want to quote and blog about later. So many truths in that book too bad about the author.I have not researched this, but I heard it from someone whose intel I trust. bell hooks, while part o [...]

    15. I used to think feminist theory was really important to study and learn about. And then John Mayer wrote a song that made it all unnecessary:"Fathers, be good to your daughtersDaughters will love like you doGirls become lovers who turn into mothersSo mothers, be good to your daughters too"

    16. This was a re-read for me as I prepare to teach part of it in a Gender Theory course. It falls under the books that if I could prescribe to every human being in this world, I would.

    17. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center is an intellectual powerhouse. In documenting the advent of feminist thought, hooks interrogates threads of classism, misandry, and racism that hooks identifies as undermining the overall feminist movement. In doing so, hooks extrapolates on how feminism is not a united front and that many "feminist" sects are just as problematic at the patriarchy they are trying to overthrow. In critiquing these sects, hooks advocates for a feminist movement that emulates [...]

    18. Originally written in the 1980s, hooks gives a pretty solid critique of the white privilege at the center of the early feminist movement, and goes on to discuss the diversity of women's experience, dynamics of power, male allies and the problem of patriarchy. This is intersectionality before intersectionality was cool. Bell hooks is a total feminist rock star.

    19. "It is the absence of feminist theory that addresses margin and center that had led me to write this book."Essential reading by Bell Hooks! Honestly a pioneer in intersectional feminist reading.

    20. really good and so damn relevant still. though some of her arguments on work and sexual oppression were skeevy and not at all in my ballpark

    21. I would say this book works well as a sort of introduction into feminist theory? But I'm still debating this point with myself, so I've decided to break it down in points. - Every chapter works stand alone, and as an essay of sorts - It's fairly basic, in the way that it offers insight in a variety of topics and doesn't require prerequisite knowledge. You'd probably be better off with prerequisite knowledge, as it can be heavy sometimes. However it does feel like it's not overly academic, and th [...]

    22. Rarely have I felt alienated by a feminist text; I've read hooks on a few occasions (and enjoyed her), but I found this book to be both hostile and hypocritical. As hooks is arguing for an allowance of complexity and a breakdown of dualistic cultural thinking, the way she phrases both her issues with the 'white bourgeois femininst movement' (an appropriate critique at that historical moment, so foundationally, I agree) and possible solutions, she once again falls into reductive formulations and [...]

    23. (8/10) This is a critical book in the literature of third-wave feminism, basically laying out a critique of the past and a cogent way of moving forward. To the modern reader who's well-educated in this type of thing, there won't be anything especially revelatory, but that's because the ideas hooks presents have been so thoroughly influential in the discourse of women's studies and feminism. And all this is done in a style which is simple and approachable to the point of being almost simplistic. [...]

    24. 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 [...]

    25. For anyone with outdated ideas of what Feminism is (that it's anti-male, separatist, etc. etc.), this book should be required reading. In fact, this may be the best argument as to why Feminism should be advocated and why it is essential in order for humanity to move forward. For those who consider themselves feminists, but who opperate under narrowly defined, self-interested goals need to drastically rethink their belief systems.I recommend this book to every human being on the planet. Pick it u [...]

    26. Read this out loud to my college-aged daughter for a women's study course she took. I never would have picked this up on my own but it was an enlightening read, even for someone raised by a single mother. I saw first-hand what happened to working women in the 60s & 70s; many of her points regarding the educated/white slant of the early feminist movement were exactly what alienated me from feminism as a movement. An interesting book, especially as a reflection on the history of the US feminis [...]

    27. Whoa, bell hooks is one pissed-off lady! It'd be a lot more effective, or at least less of a rodomontade, if she developed a self-consistent philosophy. On the plus side, I'm hoping that developing fluency with this half-cocked nonsense on a lonely plane ride back in 2003 will someday help me find the chinks in some attractive sociology major's psychosexual armor, allowing a cheerful ejaculation of "I blinded her.with bell hooks!" to the unforgettable tune of Thomas Dolby's classic.

    28. This book will open your eyes even more to the class, race, sex intersection of feminist theory. The book not only criticizes past works on feminist theory and movement practices but it also contains plausible solutions to each of these problems. Coming from the perspective of a black feminist movement supporter you can take a lot of the information and experiences at face value ( but critiques are always possible).

    29. I read this book in college and it greatly altered my thinking about feminism. I found the radical feminist approach enlightening. It was especially eye-opening to consider the viewpoint and experiences of women of color and women of varying economic backgrounds.

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