The article “Feminist Thought” is written by Bell Hooks, an educator, and well-known author, she was incredible with her way of speaking and writing about oppression and patriarchy. Clarifying the meanings of these blockages and how they impact our lives. I learned about bell hooks during college and she was and will always be the most profound Writer of Feminism. Feminism needs to be understood from the perspective of both sexes, that men and women can stand equally together. Work together in all areas of life and help one another. Of course, I personally feel there are so many areas that are problematic that make it hard for men and women to come together with an understanding of each other and our needs as a collective.
I’ve been so overwhelmed this last year I just recently found out Bell Hooks passed away on December 15, 2021. I was always in ahh of Bell Hooks, especially since she attended my dream school. Stanford University, which a school like CSU doesn’t compare. My introduction to this great writer, my Feminist thoughts, Introducing Bell Hooks. You can read the rest of the article here.
Everywhere I go I proudly tell folks who want to know who I am and what I do that I am a writer, a feminist theorist, and a cultural critic. I tell them I write about movies and popular culture, analyzing the message in the medium. Most people find this exciting and want to know more. Everyone goes to movies, watches television, glances through magazines, and everyone has thoughts about the messages they receive, about the images they look at.
It is easy for the diverse public I encounter to understand what I do as a cultural critic, understand my passion for writing (lots of folks want to write, and do). But feminist theory — that’s the place where the questions stop. In- stead I tend to hear all about the evil of feminism and the bad feminists: how “they” hate men; how “they” want to go against nature — and god; how “they” are all lesbians; how “they” are taking all the jobs and making the world hard for white men, who do not stand a chance.
When I ask these same folks about the feminist books or magazines they read, when I ask them about the feminist talks they have heard, about the feminist activists they know, they respond by let- ting me know that everything they know about feminism has come into their lives thirdhand, that they really have not come close enough to the feminist movement to know what really happens, what it’s really about.
Mostly they think feminism is a bunch of angry women who want to be like men. They do not even think about feminism as being about rights — about women gaining equal rights.
When I talk about the feminism I know — up close and personal — they willingly listen, although when our conversations end, they are quick to tell me I am different, not like the “real” feminists who hate men, who are angry. I assure them I am as real and as radical a feminist as one can be, and if they dare to come closer to feminism they will see it is not how they have imagined it.
Rest In Peace Bell Hooks
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