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Introduction to Feminism is for Everybody

Feminism is for Everybody cover

Each time I leave one of these encounters, I want to have in my hand a little book so that I can say, read this book, and it will tell you what feminism is, what the movement is about. I want to be holding in my hand a concise, fairly easy to read and understand book; not a long book, not a book thick with hard to understand jargon and academic language, but a straightforward, clear book – easy to read without being simplistic.

As hooks explains in the introduction, this book is for all of us who have had questions about why we identify as feminist directed at us. It is also for those of us who may wonder what feminism is all about. I’ve often wanted a book like this and so personally I’m really looking forward to reading what she has to say. I’m hoping that this book is indeed all that she says it will be, if so I may be bulk ordering it to lend to many family, friends, and co-workers.

We chose to start with this book, this year, because we want to highlight that feminism, and this project, is for everyone. All opinions (constructive and with no personal attacks, however) are welcome and we look forward to great discussion amongst all of us. I do hope that many of you will join us in this book and find out how broad feminism really is, and learn an easy way to answer some of those annoying questions.

Through the month we will be discussing the  book in more detail and talking about how feminism is, indeed, for everyone. We will be asking you what feminism is for you, as well, through a few exercises. Additionally, we will be talking about and exploring the life of bell hooks, a truly remarkable activist and author.

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20 responses to “Introduction to Feminism is for Everybody

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  2. Emily Jane February 3, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I am so excited to read more bell hooks…can’t wait for my book to arrive!!!

  3. A Year of Reading My Own Books Blog February 4, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Hi. Thanks for organizing this. I have very much enjoyed bell’s other work and am happy tp read her again. In the intro she says (pp viii-ix) that feminism is a movement to end sexism, but then she equates patriarchy to institutionalized sexism. What do you think she thinks about matriarchy? Is it also equivalent to institutionalized sexism… Thanks, Ruby

    • amymckie February 8, 2012 at 1:13 am

      It’s an interesting thought for sure! I’m interested to see what she says through the book in response to that, hopefully we’ll have an answer!

    • mdbrady February 9, 2012 at 1:13 am

      Patriarchy refers to the power a male elite to establish social institutions that limit and restrict women. In contrast matriarchy refers to women’s power within the family. It could be a large extended family, but never the kind of institutionalized public power that men have collectively exercised. Women might have individual power in public settings, but there is no evidence that civilizations ever allowed them power comparable with men.

      • amymckie February 10, 2012 at 1:16 am

        Matriarchy could in theory mean the same as patriarchy though mdbrady, with women having the control and power of institutions. It’s an idea to think on I think, what alternate histories could do.

        • mdbrady February 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm

          True. That is why white male politicians were able to discredit black women by “accusing” them of being matriarchs even though they had no power to feed themseleves and their children.

        • amymckie February 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm

          Ah that is one of the worst mdbrady. And especially because we still misuse the term matriarch so much in that context too don’t we!

  4. Iris February 5, 2012 at 12:08 am

    I still need to find a way to read this. I may have to order despite my strict book buying ban. This does sound too good to skip.

  5. MJ February 6, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I’ve been trying to read this slowly, so I can absorb what hooks is trying to get across. So far, the introductory chapters have been a good baseline, if they’re a bit repetitive.

    I hope more people listen to her idea that feminism is for everybody! It’s not “a socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians” – but thanks for the laughs, Pat Robertson!

    • amymckie February 8, 2012 at 1:14 am

      LOL yes, thanks for the laughs indeed – at least the anti-feminists are good for something right MJ? I’ve also been finding it a bit repetitive, but interesting too.

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  8. Lauren @ UnderneathaBook February 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    So, I wrote about it here. Ta da!

    This is my go-to book on feminism, and I can’t wait to see how everyone else liked it.

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