- Paperback: 138 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (September 28, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1138821624
- ISBN-13: 978-1138821620
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
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Praise for Feminism Is for Everybody:
"bell hooks has always written in a very readable style, eschewing footnotes because people in her hometown told her they were put off by books with footnotes. This time, she set out to write a book that explains feminism, particularly for a mainstream audience….certainly she has once again made the point that feminists need to try to reach women of all races and classes." ―Carol Anne Douglas, Off Our Backs (2001)
About the Author
A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain’t I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.
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From the first sentence of the first chapter, in which she boastfully restates her own definition of feminism from a previous book, this book drips with pretension and self-importance. She never fails to mention moments in her own past when she felt slighted, or allude to her opinions in past books and cite them as facts now. Throughout the book, the author uses terms such as "we" or "us" when referring to feminists, rather than writing objectively about feminist goals.
The quality of the writing is pretty poor, as well. She often switches between the present and preterit, making her already-meandering flow of biases even more difficult to follow. She refers not to "the feminist movement," but to "feminist movement," as if it was singular, not a series of separate and independent movements. However, she doesn't capitalize it like the proper noun it apparently is, as if to say that "feminist movement" is almost as cool as her since she doesn't capitalize her name, but not quite. She starts sentences with "and," while leaving commas out between quotations.
Maybe her ability was "constantly questioned" at Stanford because of her absurd love of alliteration in prose. Phrases like, "... particularly previously disenfranchised privileged ...," and, "... critical consciousness must be continuous," made me sick. It's like she feels that nobody will pay attention if she speaks like a normal human being.
The entire book seemed to me like she was saying, "I know more about feminism than you because I know more about feminism than you." Her so-called "facts" are often without sources; or if there are sources cited, they are usually personal anecdotes or allusions to her previous books. Does she really believe that saying something twice makes it truer?
The author also assumes that, apparently, as a reader, I'm too stupid to understand something that's obvious unless she herself tells me that it is clear. I really can't believe that such a magnitude of snobbishness, arrogance and self-absorption is healthy.
Summarily, Feminism is for Everybody is easily the worst book I have read in a long, long time. It's no surprise that "disappointing" is one of the suggested tags for this book.
"Despite the economic gains of individual feminist women, many women who have amassed wealth or the contribution of wealthy males, who are our allies in struggle we have created no schools founded on feminist principles for girls and boys, for men and women."
This is just one out of hundreds of hard to comprehend sentences throughout "Feminism is for Everyone." There are also run on sentences, sentences that start with "And" and a large amount of incomplete sentences. Perhaps Bell Hooks thinks that proper English writing rules were made up by men and that she is expressing individuality by flouting them. Whatever the reason, it makes the grammar nazi inside me die a little every time I open the book.
More Statistics on Fatherlessness: CHILDREN NEED BOTH PARENTS It is a Fact! Here is why: · 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes. (Source: U.S. D.H.H.S., Bureau of the Census). · 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes. · 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes. (Source: Center for Disease Control). · 80% of rapist motivated by displaced anger come from fatherless homes. (Source: Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 14, pp. 403-26). · 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes. (Source: National Principals Assoc. Report on the State of High Schools). · 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home. (Source: Fulton County Georgia jail populations, Texas Dept. Of Corrections, 1992). These statistics mean that children from fatherless homes are: · 5 times more likely to commit suicide · 32 times more likely to run away · 20 times more likely to have behavioral disorders · 14 times more likely to commit rape · 9 times more likely to drop out of high school · 20 times more likely to end up in prison. Listen to Tom Leykis. Women have been treating men badly since the 1960's- and Tom's show was the top of any media outlet, in California. Tom says that children are indeed much better off in a 2 parent family- but that there are NO benefits to being a man, in such a family, and MANY reasons why this is becoming an increasingly worse idea. This is Really Good!
This book is really useful. I have a friend at work, who dated a woman- first in her class at Wellesley, very smart, gorgeous, and so on. She dumped him, which he later realized was a blessing. Intelligence and drive in a woman is good- if it is helpful. If it is used against her husband, it is not useful. He married a woman that was more supportive. He is very happy with her. Here is a set of reasons why this book is important- 2 parents in a family really do make a difference:
Listen to Tom Leykis. Women have been treating men badly since the 1960's- and Tom's show was the top of any media outlet, in California. Tom says that children are indeed much better off in a 2 parent family- but that there are NO benefits to being a man, in such a family, and MANY reasons why this is becoming an increasingly worse idea. This book is Really Good!
A Navy retiree at work estimates that 30% of births now are due to the woman "forgetting" to take the pill. The end of the "patriarchy" is good for men, who often don't want children anyway. Now, women can do it all on their own. They can go to school, go to work, raise their own babies, fight wars, do their own housework and mow their own lawns – all with minimal or no support from men. Thankfully, my ‘mistakes’ were aborted, so I’m 100% behind women’s abortion rights. I have a high paying job, great education, own my own home and have zero responsibilities to anyone except myself. Feminism gave me all that. In days past, because of patriarchal societal beliefs, I would have had no choice but to become a father in support of a family, or life with constant shaming. Now, thankfully, there’s no pressure to become a husband or father. I don’t even have to worry about marriage with regard to sex. Guys – it doesn’t get any better than this! Think about it!
If women want all that BS for themselves, let them have it! They’re right with regard to ending the patriarchy. It not only means freedom from oppression for them – it also means freedom from oppression for us dudes. As a man, I’m grateful for feminism. You’ve made my life painfully simple. Thank you feminists! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! A patriarchy which oppresses men, is no patriarchy, if it benefits women & children only. If you study "primitive" tribes, women in most of them did well, and had more privileges than most men.
Men have always marched off to war, to protect women & children. Some want to talk about ‘peter pan’, ‘man up’, ‘where’s them goooood men’ stuff. I did the Sound of Music tour, in Austria, decades ago. The tour guide complained about the high prices in stores, and said [I could not make this up] he really missed the Jewish store owners, who knew how to merchandise, and sell at reasonable prices. But the Austrians exterminated them. And they aren't coming back. What I enjoy most is seeing hot women, that have played around for a while, suddenly hit the "wall", and decide to get serious about getting married... only to find out the men aren't there. Or my personal favorite, the women in their 40s, 50s, who are all looking for their "soulmate", who will accept them just as they are, even with 80 extra pounds on, and extreme inability to be pleasant. I don't have the heart to tell them that their soulmate was one of the 60% of men falsely accused of rape, as in that Air Force study, or he got hung up in the divorce court slaughterhouse, to bleed out, was obliterated financially, lost custody of his kids, and won't even look at women any more. I find more and more men in MGTOW monasticism, because they don't want to be FishBicycles. 40% of books in print are romance novels. Really think about that. The Quran says women have 9 times the sexual drive of men [I'm not Muslim], and I see that. Demographics are the future. America will be a lot more Hispanic, Black, and Muslim, in a few decades, because they reproduce at much higher rates. MGTOW is an expression of Knights Templar- who swore off sex completely. Men are capable of this, and are doing so, more and more.