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Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM By bell hooks

A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression Ain t I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women s movement, and black women s involvement with feminism.
  • Title: Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism
  • Author: bell hooks
  • ISBN: 9780896081291
  • Page: 254
  • Format: Paperback

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Aubrey Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
White male scholars who examined the black family by attempting to see in what ways it resembled the white family structure were confident that their data was not biased by their own personal prejudices against women assuming an active role in family decision-making. But it must be remembered that these white males were educated in an elite institutional world that excluded both black people and many white women, institutions that were both racist and sexist.Calling myself racist accomplishes no [...]
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Carolyn Newton Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
It wasn't until I read this book did I finally start understand as to what it's truly like to exist as a black woman in our society. I had always been a passionate and convicted feminist, as far back as Jr. High really. After outgrowing the boybands of the late 90' & early 00's, I moved on to metal, punk rock and emo music. Riot Grrrl and the principles that came with it with was just the next natural step, so I came of age within the realm of white feminism. Bell Hooks put into words every [...]
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Ali Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
A very informative book!
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Lydia Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
I am a little fledgling when it comes to intersectional feminism, so this was a great book for me to read. It further explored and clarified certain arguments and points-of-view that I've read/listened about online. It was published in 1987, so it's not completely up-to-date, but it is really an excellent bookll hooks discusses black women and the sexism and racism they faced during slavery, and then continues discussing and exploring the sexism and racism that they face in contemporary times. P [...]
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Miranda Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
A while back I read an article in the Washington Post about the new domesticity among women. But it only identified the lives of white women living in urban cities. After that I read another article about how the sustainable food movement and "bike to work" movement often appeared white and for people of priveledge. Later on a show called Girls made its debut on HBO and there was quite an uproar about class and race because there appeared to be so much left out from a show that was supposed to b [...]
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Jarrah Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
This was a great companion read to Audre Lorde's Sister Outsider. Ain't I A Woman provides a comprehensive historical and social analysis of the ways black women have been marginalized by both white feminist movements and civil rights movements run by black men.hooks brings forward numerous examples of racist actions and statements by first and second-wave feminists, such as white women suffragettes excluding black women from their organizations and conferences. Most feminists have heard of Sojo [...]
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Nikhil Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
I cannot stress enough how important this book is; a molotov cocktail into the cultural necropolis that is America. bell hooks wields her pen like a sledgehammer, dismantling the pillars of a sexist, racist, and classist society. She illustrates how these three insidious ideologies oppress and privilege us in myriad ways, poisoning the possibility for genuine human interaction/community and dehumanizing us all. Some reviewers have criticized the book for not having footnotes, or for certain hist [...]
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Dusty Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Bell hooks's primary opponent in this book is the white feminist movement -- what's typically called the "second wave" -- of the 1960s and 70s. Her point is that the white women involved in the movement are racist and sexist and have routinely alienated and antagonized the black women who should be standing at their sides, but in order to develop that point, she retraces the history of black women in the United States since slavery. The book was groundbreaking upon its publication in 1981, and i [...]
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Bianca Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
I loved it. It is a wonderful perspective on the feminist movement and black women. Some of the information is dated but the sentiments reign true today. bell hooks has gained another fan. I am a baby black feminist and found this easy to understand and thoroughly enjoyable.
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Gail Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
My book group is reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’s books and wanted to balance his voice with that of a black woman. I’ve been reading several books trying to find some for us to consider. As a ‘70s era, second wave (white) feminist, I’m one of those people who was oblivious to the racism in the feminist movement. As someone who has become aware of the concept of “intersectionality” in the last year, I had some idea about the particular challenges of race, gender, and class. But bell hooks [...]
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Fabianne Furman Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
My experience of enlightenment via ain't i a woman began before I even got my hands on the book. At a bookstore in San Diego I asked an employee if they carried it, and she said, "I like bell hooks. She's sassy." If her word choice wasn't the most appropriate introduction to the intersectionality specific to black females, then I don't know what is.Perhaps a better word for hooks is "bold". In ain't i a woman, she leaves no stone unturned, covering topics as touchy as why interracial relationshi [...]
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Melody Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Life-changing, thought provoking, inspiring, and hard to put down--basically everything you could want in a book. A highly recommended read for people of all races, genders, colors, abilities, and creeds. You will learn so much from this book and genuine curiosity and desire for knowledge for the sake of learning will lead you to seek out more knowledge about the topics discussed therein and, eventually, you will be better for it. Let this book teach you some things you might be afraid to know, [...]
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Dana Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Transformative. Essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the world we live in.I only have a tiny complaint: It's ok to criticize a movement for its goals, but when you don't provide an alternative one, it leaves me feeling helpless. That's what I don't like about most critiques of the feminist goal of reaching gender and race equality and about people saying they want to end capitalism. We shouldn't just want the same power to dominate, as white males have, I agree. But, what's the [...]
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Maghily Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Un ouvrage intéressant qui m'a beaucoup appris sur la condition des femmes noires et qui m'a fait comprendre pourquoi il a été nécessaire pour les femmes noires de créer leurs propres mouvements. Par contre, j'ai trouvé que l'autrice se répétait énormément, ce qui a fini par me pousser à lire certains chapitres en diagonale
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Antonius Block Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
for whom the bell (hooks) tolls; she tolls for thee. For all of us.
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Amanda Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
This book made me think Alice Paul was not so great. That those iron jawed angels were not so great. Bell Hooks speaks to the idea that all the women are white and all the blacks are men. And that black woman have been consistently devalued, overlooked, omitted. She talks about the feminist movement of the 60's and 70's. How the women's movement was the white women's movement. A desire for white woman to get on even ground with white men. She talks about the problems of movment's that exist with [...]
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Curtis Ackie Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
I love living legend bell hooks, from her cultural critiques to her live-streamed chats (many of which can be found on youtube), and hope to rectify the fact that this is only the second book of hers that I've read to date (the first being the excellent Teaching to Transgress).The road to unlearning sexism and racism is a long and rough one, and I'd like to think that this collection of brilliant essays has helped me along the way some. That said, it was a challenging read, and not only because [...]
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sydney Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Inexcusable that it took me so long to read this book. Hooks is amazing and inspirational and everything she says makes sense. These essays are about black women's history in the United States and the historically problematic intersections between race and gender-- notably, that black women have either been asked to choose one of their identities as the "most important" or have felt doubly disempowered. Hooks explores the ways in which black women have been devalued and how feminism has failed t [...]
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Bondama Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
There were times while reading the books that bell hooks comes across as writing from such a tremendous store of anger until ones stops to realize that these things, (slavery, etc.) really did happen.Then the harder part begins, when one is forced to face the fact that white women are not really interested in joining together with their black sisters. Hard, unpleasant, but impossible to hide, because it's true, and I hope it changes. It's difficult to say that this is a book that one "enjoys" re [...]
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Carolyn Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
This is one of the most enlightened and enlightening books I've ever read. It grounded (and to some extent validated) my own feminist beliefs. bell hooks is a popular intellectual. She speaks to you - not at you, not above you - in a language you, an ordinary person, understand.
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Asia Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
A really great, enlightening read with a wealth of information about black feminism through the centuries in the US as well as the systems that opposed and oppressed these movements. Definitely an essential read for anyone interested in intersectional/black feminism.
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Rori Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Required reading for anyone who considers themselves a feminist. Really, required reading for anyone who considers themselves a human being.
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Christy Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Written at about the same time as Angela Davis's Women, Race and Class, bell hooks' Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism covers much of the same ground (the historical exclusion of black women from the feminist movement and the connections between racism and sexism) but with a couple of major differences. The first difference can perhaps best be described as one of attitude, or tone. Davis presents her argument, radical and emotionally compelling as it is, in a fairly neutral tone. She is c [...]
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Laurie Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
3.5 stars - Much to think about and, as a white woman, to be ashamed of white women in the historically bad treatment of black women as fellow seekers of equality. I thought hooks paints several issues with a broad brush that surely have more variation in the behaviour of people in various groups. I particularly liked the final chapter where she discussed what feminism should and could achieve if women would not look to join the patriarchal society we already have but instead work for a society [...]
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Taylor Trauger Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
I loved the end of the last essay the best. In it bell hooks talks about how feminism (as it is) is about elevating womyn into positions of power in a patriarchal capitalist system without dismantling said system of oppression. As a black feminist she advocates (and I wholeheartedly agree) that feminism must aim to rid society of ALL ideologies of domination based on sex, race, class, religion or lack thereof, physical ability, country of origin, etc. and commit to "reorganizing U.S. society so [...]
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Angela Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
Ain't I a Woman is a thorough and intriguing condemnation of sexism in the Civil Rights movement and racism in the second wave feminist movement. bell hooks makes a powerful case for reaching both of these conclusions and describing the issues important to Black feminist women (of 1980 when the book was written, at least, though a depressing amount is still relevant today). Unfortunately, the book is marred by a lack of footnoting (ironically, the title page requests that readers quoting bits fr [...]
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Danielle Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
There is a lot to say about this. I've heard so many folks quote Hooks that I knew I should do some reading. It has been awhile since I've read feminist theory and it took awhile to get into it. Now, I feel like I could write a whole paper sharing what I learned as well as my critique. One of Hook's biggest arguments appear to be that capitalism is really thr root of racism and sexism. She never directly said it or fully explores the reasons and weight behind it, which is my biggest critique. Sh [...]
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Bryn Lerud Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
This is an essay on sexism and racism from 1981 and it is still relevant. For me the most relevant questions are - how can a black woman be a feminist when the goal of feminism is to allow women access to the privilege and positions occupied by white men? Isn't real feminism completely revolutionizing society and not just getting equal pay or access to "male" professions. There's lots more in this book too.
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Tina Feb 24, 2020 - 08:02 AM
This should be required reading for all white peoplell hooks is incredibly intelligent and articulate, and this book is really well researched. It's over 20 years old, so some of the stuff may now be considered Racism 101 for those of you who are intensely involved in anti-racist work, but even still, even if she was describing a situation I already knew about, her examples were often new to me. And there was lots of information in here that I didn't fully know, or hadn't heard articulated quite [...]
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Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism By bell hooks A groundbreaking work of feminist history and theory analyzing the complex relations between various forms of oppression Ain t I a Woman examines the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the historic devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism within the recent women s movement, and black women s involvement with feminism.

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