Feminism Is for Everybody

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hooks, bell. ed., Feminism Is For Everybody Passionate Politics (South End Press, 7 Brookline Street, #1, Cambridge, MA 02139).

Feminism is for everybody is a political book that addresses the ideas of women's rights as a whole entire gender as well as individually. The book also ties the Civil Rights Movement as a catalyst for a feminist movement. The book is mainly written chronologically which shows the progression in thinking of the world. She writes about when she first saw and experienced sexist actions and how she had to cope with it at Stanford University. She touched on the bra burning period as a form of rebellion from sexist clothing companies. She also talked about how rappers degraded women and found nothing wrong with it.

The book's time period started with the 60's and 70's and progressed from there. The book touches on the whole United States of America and the general sexist actions, whether verbal or non-verbal, that women have to endure. Her thesis was clearly stated at the beginning and at the very end of the book: feminism is for everybody. Bell Hooks's purpose for writing this book is dispelling rumors that feminism "is a bunch of angry women who want to be like men" (vii-viii). She also wants to educate individuals that "Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression" (viii). Her original name is Gloria Watkins, but she changed her name to bell hooks to honor her mother and grandmother. She uses lower case letters to put emphasis on her writing rather than her name.

The main points of her book were way to combat sexism and sexist ways through anti-male bashing. She writes that sexism was taught through media and over generations, handed down from father to son and generally accepted by women. One way to combat this, she offers, if "feminist consciousness-raising for males is as essential to revolutionary movement as female groups. Had there been an emphasis on groups for males that taught boys...
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