1.hooks - Feminist Politics

1.hooks - Feminist Politics - Aug-03 WARNING CONCERNING...

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Aug-03 WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproduction of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If electronic transmission of reserve material is used for purposes in excess of what constitutes “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement. Citation: hooks, bell. "Feminist Politics: Where We Stand," in Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. Cambridge, MA: South End Press, 2000, pp. 1-6. © 2000 by Gloria Watkins
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FEMINISM IS FOR EVERYBODY Passionate Politics bell hooks ~ South End Press Cambridge, MA
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( (' J .,-::"t HQ. f! l) Copyright © 2000 by Gloria Watkins Cover design by Ellen P. Shapiro Cover illustration by Laura DeSantis, © Artville Any properly footnoted quotation of up to 500 sequential words may be used without permission, as long as the total number of words quoted does not exceed 2,000. For longer quotations or for a greater number of total words, please write to South End Press for permission. Library of Congress Cataloging-ill-Publication Data Hooks, Bell. Feminism is for everybody: passionate politics / Bell Hooks. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-89608-629-1 - ISBN 0-89608-628-3 (Pbk) 1. Feminist theory. 2. Feminism - Philosophy. 3. Feminism - Political aspects. 4. Sex discrimination against women. 1. Title. HQ1190 .H67 2000 305.42'01 - dc21 00-036589 South End Press, 7 Brookline Street, #1, Cambridge, MA 02139 04 03 02 01 00 1 2 3 4 5 Printed in Canada
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1 FEMINIST POLITICS Where We Stand Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploita- tion, and oppression. This was a definition of feminism I offered in Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center more than 10 years ago. I twas my hope at the time that it would become a common definition everyone would use. I liked this definition because it did not imply that men were the enemy. By naming sexism as the problem it went directly to the heart of the matter. Practically, it is a definition which implies that all sexist thinking and action is the problem, whether those who perpetuate it are female or male, child or adult. It is also broad enough to include an understanding of systemic institutional- ized sexism. As a definition it is open-ended. To understand femi- nism it implies one has to necessarily understand sexism. As all advocates of feminist politics know, most people do not understand sexism, or if they do, they think it is not a problem. Masses of people think that feminism is always and only about
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