Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center by bell hooks

By bell hooks

Whilst Feminist idea: From Margin to Center was once first released in 1984, it was once welcomed and praised through feminist thinkers who sought after a brand new imaginative and prescient. on the other hand, person readers usually discovered the idea "unsettling" or "provocative." at the present time, the blueprint for feminist flow offered within the ebook continues to be as provocative and suitable as ever. Written in hooks's attribute direct kind, Feminist Theory embodies the desire that feminists can discover a universal language to unfold the be aware and create a mass, worldwide feminist flow.

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Like revolutionaries working to change the lot of colonized people globally, it is necessary for feminist activists to stress that the ability to see and describe one's own reality is a signifi­ cant step in the long process of self-recovery, but it is only a begin­ ning. When women internalized the idea that describing their own woe was synonymous with developing a critical political conscious­ ness, the progress of feminist movement was stalled. Starting from such incomplete perspectives, it is not surprising that theories and strategies were developed that were collectively inadequate and mis­ guided.

The lack of any emphasis on domi­ nation is consistent with the liberal feminist belief that women can achieve equality with men of their class without challenging and changing the cultural basis of group oppression. It is this belief that negates the likelihood that the potential radicalism of liberal femi­ nism will ever be realized. Writing as early as 1967, Brazilian scholar Heleieth Saffioti emphasized that bourgeois feminism has always 22 FEMINIST THEORY been "fundamentally and unconsciously a feminism of the ruling class," that: Whatever revolutionary content there is in petty-bourgeois femi­ nist praxis, it has been put there by the efforts of the middle strata, especially the less well-off, to move up socially.

It is evident that society is more responsive to those "feminist" demands that are not threatening, that may even help maintain the status quo. Jeanne Gross gives an example of this co-optation of feminist strategy in her essay "Feminist Ethics from a Marxist Perspective," published in 1977: If we as women want change in all aspects of our lives, we must recognize that capitalism is uniquely capable of co-opting piece­ meal change . . Capitalism is capable of taking our visionary changes and using them against us.

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