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A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a Woman has become a must for all those interested in the nature of Black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on Black women during slavery, the devaluation of Black womanhood, Black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the Black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this work a critical place in every feminist scholar's library.

©2015 Gloria Watkins (P)2019 Tantor

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"Ain't I a Woman is one of the most interesting, lucid books dealing with the subject of Feminism. The book can be recommended wholeheartedly to anyone who is interested in Black history, in women's history, or in that much-overlooked connection between the two." (Maria K. Mootry Ikerionwu, Phylon (1983))

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Found this focused on the historical exploration to be very eye opening and interesting to listen to. Narrated well.

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  • Cj James
  • 2019-07-23

Informative

This was my first exploration into Bell Hooks and I was very satisfied. She backs up all of her arguments in detailed yet concise ways. This book is great for learning the complex intersection that is being an African-American woman in America. As a queer black man, I found it useful in understanding my own position as a male, as African-American, and queer.

Highly recommend.

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  • T.
  • 2020-12-10

Does the Womens Movement Speak for All...

Initially, I purchased this book to empower my nine y.o. daughter on woman's liberation. Being a male i could never fathom what it is to be a female and especially a black female in America. I learned much more than I originally thought I would. I also recieved confirmation on the woman's movement. My main frustration was the fact the women's movement is supportive to various initiatives as long as it doesn't over step the color line. How many feminist spoke up about Sandra Bland or Breanna Taylor and demanded justice. maybe I missed it but there are so many other. If we are to stand together for human right then Justice for ALL.

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  • Adrienne L. Edwards
  • 2020-10-01

Deep, eye-opening experience!

Bell Hooks really opens my eyes to feminist views. I have a deeper understanding of why black feminism exist. As I continue to read feminism books, I go deeper and deeper into the underlying issues of feminist views and Black women feminist views. Bell hooks explores the issues of Black women, and the plight of amplifying Black female voices when it comes to equality.

Hooks affirms that Black feminist does not have an agenda that advocates only Black women, but all disadvantaged people, She suggests that feminism left Black women out of the equation. She further suggests how Black women are left out of ALL conversations from not only white women, but white and black men as well.

I gave this book 5 stars because it enlightened me, informed me, and taught me different aspects of feminist views. I recommend this book not just to other black women, but I also recommend this book to black men, white women and white men. I will be re-reading this book again, because I am going to take notes, and continue to dissect this book further.

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  • kane walsh
  • 2019-05-01

Required reading

This book should be required reading for all seeking to make the world a better place.

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  • M H
  • 2019-06-27

Empowering and Informatived!

This is a well written book, changed my perspective! highly reccomend everyone to read it

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  • Illy
  • 2020-09-26

I love this book

I have been searching for a good book about black woman and the movement. I love that this book help me define struggles I been having in my life. Good audio good book.

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 2020-04-26

Necesario

I like fiction books for reading, and strugle with non fiction books to read. So I am using the time I used to spend in radio with non fiction books, sometimes is difucult for me because I came with the thought of knowing every thing. Now this book is NECESARY to read, and hearing It was very inspiring.

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  • Jimmie L Heags Jr
  • 2020-01-25

This book was a soul stirring!

This book was a soul-stirring depiction of United States history from a perspective systemically unheard voice, the black woman in America.

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  • Alisha
  • 2020-08-22

Priceless book

I’m so grateful for this book. I’ve been interested in feminism for a while but I couldn’t hope but notice the under representation of non-white women in popular feminist work. This book was everything I hoped for and more. I have a developed understanding of black feminism history, that’s lacking in so many other books.

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  • CAROLYN G WYNN
  • 2020-03-04

Worth listening to.

Good exploration of the cross-sectionality of being a African-American Woman/a woman in America and it's implications of the feminist movement

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