Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Summary: Feminism is for Everyone by Bell Hooks

Feminism is social, cultural, moral and political advocacy encompassing gender issues such as inequality. In this regard, several writings concern the principles of feminism. The content of literary works on feminism varies, some authors aim to blindly defend the very cause of feminism, some authors, on the contrary, intend to provide information on feminism in a non-political or non-egalitarian way. Such notable content can be found in Bell Hooks' post, Feminism is for Everybody. Hooks' book gives the reader a whole new perspective on radical feminist theory. The primary intention of her Feminism is for Everyone is to bring the feminist perspective to unbelievers, apathetic and strangers. Hooks also opposes the popular notion regarding feminism as she believes these notions should receive proper attention and correction. In this way, the common misconception about the ideas of feminism will be clear to society.

In  Feminism is for Everyone Hooks rejects the usual beliefs associated with feminism and views this belief as nothing more than a myth. Hooks presents the arguments and pleas of feminism in a summarized fashion to provide a simpler context for readers as well as a new concept of what feminism should be. 

Hooks' new concept of feminism suggests a stiff fight against sexism in a benevolent society, ultimately arguing for an inclusive movement. In Feminism Is For Everyone, Hooks traces the roots of the feminist movement and gives details of what it has accomplished so far. advocacy minus anti-sexism associations (Hooks, 2000). 

The historical context of feminism is given in order to emphasize the error that has occurred along the way and to make room for the new concept of the movement. Hooks asks whether the feminist is a philosophical belief or a political cause, given that the author attacks the arguments of radical feminists. The debate over whether feminism is a philosophical belief or a political cause can also be sparked by one of the book's chapters on oppression of the sexes. The basis can be seen on the idea of ​​categorizing man as the enemy, categorizing man as the oppressor and woman as the oppressed is the main reason behind the second wave of feminism, however,  it does take away the fact that women are equally responsible. for such oppression given that it took time for the so-called oppressed to spearhead change (Hooks, 2007). Hooks goes in this direction by giving out the past mistakes of feminism and the misleading beliefs that feminists have associated with. This is because most feminists focus on the problem, not the solution.