14 Feb Review: Terence A. on “Feminism Is For Everybody:..”
One of the good books on the topic “Feminism”, I have come across in this year 2021. There were several keynotes being pointed out as I read. Nevertheless, I thought it the best sharing these few as outlined below.
She rightly expounds how this belief system from other claimed feminist affects their lifestyles each and every day. One would as well agree with her definition of feminism as, “a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation and oppression” (Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center). The backbone to the birth of this book.
This said definition, however, is an open-ended type where a few would definitely not look at.
Sex, class and race – A struggle in the midst of human relationship.
Oh really? I never knew there were different versions of feminism till I read this piece of work. It’s so wow. Moreover, a comparative study on feminism as in relation to sexism in the world.
Have you thought of being a feminist without fundamentally challenging and changing yourself or the culture before you? Huh, that could be amazing. One of the dangerous threat to infiltrating the feminist movement is to remain wedded to sexist thinking and behaviour.
The real essence and practice of “Sisterhood is powerful” is to affirm the reality that females can achieve self-actualization and success without dominating one another.
Feminist knowledge is for everybody.
Feminists are created, not born.
Who are the abolitionist ancestors? Here again, you’d realized that she gives an illustration of who they are. There is no way we can talk about feminism without acknowledging this force of individuals.
About Sex: I was not that amazed to read a portion that says that we still (humans) live among generations of women who have never known sexual pleasure, women for whom sex has only ever meant loss, threat, danger, and annihilation. This category of persons is few in our 21st Century.
One particular element that runs through the text is FREEDOM.
Sexual Sadomasochism: A consequence of the tensions between sexual pleasure and danger, sexual freedom and bondage. What comes to mind is whether the person could be a liberated woman, lesbian or heterosexual.
Again, not all feminists are lesbians.
A genuine feminist’s politics always brings us from bondage to freedom, from lovelessness to loving.
Religion and culture overtime has its own way of affecting this said belief system of feminism.
In summary, this book “Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics” is one of the best books on the topic of feminism. A book for all that desires to acquire knowledge and impact it on others. She encourages and advises all to make an effort to understand and love feminism. To courageously examine our lives from the standpoint of gender, race, and class. Bell Hooks as well was blank about her sex, sexuality and sexual orientation. Something I feel pay attention to such when it comes to self-knowledge of ourselves.