Hood Feminism

Hood Feminism

Notes From the Women That A Movement Forgot

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"A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [New York, New York] : Viking, [2020]
ISBN: 9780525560548
Branch Call Number: 305.4209 Kendall
Characteristics: xviii, 267 pages ; 22 cm


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"A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women"-- Provided by publisher.

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JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 28, 2020

Oh, so very good and eye opening. If the title makes you think "this book can't be for me," you are incorrect. It is. This is an amazing, issue by issue review of concerns that main stream feminism often ignores (poverty, housing, etc.) that are, indeed, feminist issues. A very clear cut case is made for why ALL feminists, not just those with marginalized identities, should be concerned about these issues. And for those concerned about how books like this do or do not include trans individuals into their discussion: this one falls very firmly into the trans-inclusive camp. Important reading for all of us.

Jul 26, 2020

Kendall is able to present current issues with up-to-date facts, as well as use her own experiences and other first-hand accounts, to present solid evidence of multiple issues with mainstream feminism. Kendall then provides realistic solutions for these intersectional issues. A great resource for anyone looking to educate themselves on social issues they may not already be aware of.

RandomLibrarian Jul 23, 2020

Review excerpt: "Its subtitle is “Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot,” which sets up this collection of 18 essays perfectly. The essays cover topics like food insecurity, how Black women are stereotyped and represented in the media, access to quality medical care, gun violence, and reproductive justice. While each essay offers information to help us better understand these issues, together they add up a damning takedown of White feminism. The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that White feminism is about getting more power and influence for White women (in particular, those who are also straight, cisgender, middle-class, and able-bodied), rather than helping all women—especially Black women—out of oppression and into the same level of privilege and power that White women have. Because, as the book says, “A better deal for white women could not be, would not be, the road to freedom for Black women.”

... From the first page to the last, "Hood Feminism" was constructed to make us look at the social problems facing Black communities. Like, REALLY look at them so we can start to fix them, rather than gloss over them as we reach for the next glass ceiling we want to shatter, expecting all other women to fall in line with us (yes, I’m speaking directly to my fellow White women here). In fact, in the first chapter, “Solidarity is Still for White Women,” Kendall addresses the harm and inefficacy of White feminists’ expectations that everyone conform to their ideals and goals:

“A one-size-fits-all approach to feminism is damaging, because it alienates the very people it is supposed to serve, without ever managing to support them.”

I don’t recommend speeding through "Hood Feminism", unless you plan to come back to the beginning and read it again more thoroughly. It took me a couple of months to get through all of the essays, because I found myself putting the book down to digest at the end of each one and sometimes in the middle of them. That’s both because of the amount of information in them and the way that information is conveyed. We’re warned in the introduction that "Hood Feminism" won’t be a comfortable read and that is exactly right, because no punches are pulled."

Source: https://smartbitchestrashybooks.com/reviews/hood-feminism-by-mikki-kendall/


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