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Feminism Is for Everybody

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Written by: bell hooks
Narrated by: Robin Miles
Length: 4 hrs and 29 mins
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What is feminism?

In this short, accessible primer, Bell Hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, Hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives - to see that feminism is for everybody.

©2014 bell hooks (P)2017 Post Hypnotic Press Inc.

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"[Narrator Robin] Miles offers a steady pace - not too slow, not too fast. Her tone is as insightful and poignant as the author's content. Both women take listeners through a historical and present-day journey that conveys the importance of embracing feminism." (AudioFile)  

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Patriarchy isn't real

Another feminism propaganda filled book that is based on subjective views and lacks concrete facts.

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Fight The Power

An end to Sexism and Oppression of poor people who are mostly women and children gender equality and an end to Racist, Capatalist, Imperialist Patriarical Domination and control, education for all. Love not Hate.

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good history of feminist movement

hook's gives a good history of feminist movement up into the 1990s. she does a good job of painting the diversity of feminism's and the co-optation of feminist politics. some of her points could have used deeper discussion, especially linking the idea of abusive relationships to patriarchy.

this seemed to be a reasonable introductory text, but it would have benefited from a few more definitions. She really should have defined patriarchy and sexism.

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Still relevant

This was published years ago but it's still relevant! It touches on privilege, intersectionality, racism, toxic masculinity, etc. And, it points out that men aren't the problem, our patriarchal system is.

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It is something that everyone needs to read

It took me a long time to finish because it dealt with some hard issues. It addressed the majority of what I had been feeling and thinking towards patriarchy but was never able to put into words. It really opened my eyes to a lot of ways I needed to change my world view and how I was quite ignorant to a lot of issues. I don't feel like the author properly addressed why the church hates feminism. I also don't feel like the author talked enough about ways to move away from patriarchy and what it looks like in real life, not theory.

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everyone should read this book.

This book is a foundation for a better understand of our society as it is and how we can make it better. it entirely demystifies the entire concept of feminism.

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  • 2018-03-29

Excellent Introduction to Feminism

I'm so surprised to read some of the reviews about this audiobook. Robin Miles, one of the first inductees into Audio File Magazine's Narrator Hall of Fame, is called robotic! I guess perfection is too much for some people.

And then there are the critiques of bell hooks and the book itself: some guy pretending to be looking for "a solid argument in favor of feminism" says this book is tripe. I bet that guy says that about all the feminist books.

As a fan of bell hooks, I'm bias, I suppose, but this audiobook does what it sets out to do - give a primer on feminism in easy to understandable language. It is easy to listen to. The language is readily accessible and the narration is superb. Miles uses a steady pace--not too slow, not too fast. She matched her tone to the author's content: insightful and poignant. Together, bell and Robin take us, the listeners, on a journey from historical to present-day that conveys the importance of embracing feminism.

I certainly hope that serious listeners aren't put off by the misleading reviews. bell hooks (note that ms. hooks doesn't capitalize her name) is an amazing writer and a whole lot more: cultural critic, feminist theorist, former Yale professor, charismatic speaker, and writer, the "The Atlantic Monthly" calls her one of our America's leading public intellectual, while the Utne Reader's has her in their "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life" list, etc. etc. It would be a shame to miss this because a few people were buying the book to diss it intentionally (like the guy who is trying to find "a solid argument in favor of feminism" - as though they aren't abundant). I guess I can't fault people who don't like the narration; Robin Miles may be a highly regarded and award winning narrator, but the listening experience is very subjective and one can't please everybody. Nevertheless, feminism is for everybody!

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  • Jeremy
  • 2019-01-22

Dissecting Patriarchy

Really good read for anyone looking to dig deeper into feminism by exploring the intersection of race and class. Highly recommended!

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  • Raíssa Rafael e Silva
  • 2018-10-15

a needed book

bell hooks should be read at schools and by all living human beings. Her reflections over male domination and the end of patriarchy are needed to understand the world we live in and have the hope, strengh and love to change it.

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  • Will Szal
  • 2019-06-19

We All Must Be Feminists

bell hooks was recommended to me about a decade ago. As this book is now available as an audio edition, it the first I've gotten around to.

I've identified as a feminist since I know what feminism was (sometime in high school). In a patriarchal society, feminism is not just about women—it is about arriving at a societal dynamic whereby everyone is respected.

The title pretty much sums it up. This is a primer on feminism, and it is for everyone (especially white men). hooks explores the ways in which patriarchy is bad for everyone, even the "winners." I happen to be reading Derrick Jensen's "A Language Older Than Words" simultaneously; in it, Jensen speaks of being molested by his father. It is the sickening illustration of the truth to hooks' words.

There are some elements of the book that were surprising to me. For example, hooks draws links between abortion rights and birth control. I hadn't previously heard abortion described as a standard birth control method.

In our current era, with Trump as president and the Me Too movement, now is a great time to read this book.

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  • Erik Hoofnagle
  • 2018-04-16

Approachable and informative

Great book by the wonderful Bell Hooks. While I caught myself having to rewind and listen again when the book got a bit heavy and complicated, for theory this is a very easy book to comprehend and absorb.

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  • rluna1123
  • 2018-02-24

Everybody should read!

Great introduction to feminist theory. I’m going to buy copies for my friends and family. Just finished and now I’m going to listen again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-30

bell hooks is awesome

Great writing, wonderful narration, alot of learning took place. I literally couldn't stop listening, superb !

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  • lattetown
  • 2019-05-21

Academic

Chapters 5 through 8 are the most accessible, because the author relates her personal experience. It's ironic the title has the phrase "for everyone" in it because it's awkwardly worded with many academic terms from women studies theory. It's not really written for the lay person.

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  • Gilbert
  • 2019-04-15

a book for everybody

this book is an accessible yet solid primer on intersectional feminism. it's thoroughness on history and the many facets of the movement make it an invaluable addition to the library of anyone interested in social justice.

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  • Justin Thomas James
  • 2019-01-21

Lots to learn

This was a great introduction to feminism for me (29 y/o M). There were many eye opening revelations, from historical accounts of how racism was present in the movement, to the many examples of how the patriarchy negatively affects men.

I sometimes felt like arguments and trains of thought were not laid out in an easy way to follow, though a second listen will likely make it easier.

The narrator was impeccable. She delivered with such feeling that I kept believing that she was the author herself.

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