Feminism Is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks

By bell hooks

A real feminist politics constantly brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving....There might be no love with out justice.—from the bankruptcy "To Love back: the center of Feminism"

In this attractive and provocative quantity, bell hooks introduces a well-liked idea of feminism rooted in good judgment and the knowledge of expertise. Hers is a imaginative and prescient of a cherished neighborhood that appeals to all these dedicated to equality, mutual recognize, and justice.

hooks applies her serious research to the main contentious and hard concerns dealing with feminists this present day, together with reproductive rights, violence, race, type, and paintings. together with her wide-spread perception and unsparing honesty, hooks demands a feminism loose from divisive obstacles yet wealthy with rigorous debate. In language either eye-opening and confident, hooks encourages us to call for choices to patriarchal, racist, and homophobic tradition, and to visualize a special future.

hooks speaks to all these looking for precise liberation, asking readers to take examine feminism in a brand new gentle, to determine that it touches all lives. Issuing a call for participation to take part absolutely in feminist circulation and to profit totally from it, hooks exhibits that feminism—far from being an superseded inspiration or one restricted to an highbrow elite--is certainly for everybody.

bell hooks is the writer of various severely acclaimed books at the politics of race, gender, type, and tradition. A common lecturer within the usa and overseas, she is exceptional Professor of English at urban university, urban collage of latest York.

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The goal of standpoint theory is to make those marginalized groups visible, and to make their voices heard precisely because in so doing a more accurate picture of truth or knowledge will emerge. Thus standpoint theory stems from the claim that there is a truth of social reality. The truth, however, promulgated by a dominant group is a partial truth only of those individuals who occupy dominant positions. Standpoint theory finds its roots in Marxist critiques of ideology that themselves are grounded in a theory of objective truth and that draw ethical and political prescriptions from the objective interests of the proletariat class.

Sexuality was medicalized, aberrant behavior was pathologized and such behavior was a mark of a diseased sexual nature in need of correction. Those who deviated form the sexual norm were in need of medical intervention that would restore them to a state of sexual normalcy. This normalcy was necessary to ensure behavior that was predictable and socially and economically efficient. the judicial institution is increasingly incorporated into a continuum of apparatuses (medical, administrative, and so on) whose functions are for the most part regulatory.

P. 88-89. 46 The invocation of the juridico-discursive model, and the failure (inability) to recognize disciplinary power when power relations are analyzed masks the operations of disciplinary power. This failure to differentiate power along the juridico/disciplinary axis leads to dangerous misunderstandings of the power relations in which subjects find the themselves. Foucault argues that the juridical model of power fails to capture the presence and effects of disciplinary power. Power can no longer be cast in terms of legitimate/illegitimate exercises of restrictions of liberties and rights.

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