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Book Review: Feminism Is For Everybody (2000) by bell hooks

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bell hooks, feminism is for everybodyBook Summary: Feminist, writer,and social activist bell hooks gives a tangible definition of feminism and explains how feminism intersects with different aspects of life.

My Review: One of the positive aspects of this work is that it is a good introduction to feminism. If you are completely clueless or confused about what feminism is really about, this book is perfect for you. In fact, bell hooks states in the introduction to the book that she wanted to write something that will enable people to understand feminism better and why she is a feminist.

Besides being a good introduction to feminism, the book examines how feminism connects to different areas of life for men and women. She discusses romantic and sexual relationships, beauty, sexuality, work, and more. It made her thoughts on feminism much more relatable.

Another positive aspect of the book is how bell hooks put some of her personal experience into the book to support her ideas. In certain chapters, she shares how she became a feminist and the women who influenced and supported her. It made the book more engaging.

A negative aspect of the book is that she doesn’t provide enough examples to support certain ideas. For instance, she states in the beginning of the chapter titled “Feminist Parenting” that women can raise children with a sexist upbringing. However, she doesn’t exactly state how women can raise children with a sexist upbringing.

Another negative aspect of the book is the fact that while there is a chapter devoted to how feminism related to lesbianism and bisexuality, there is no mention of transgender people. However,  this may be because hooks lacked experience with transgender people at the time of publication.

Overall, this book was an enlightening read about feminism. While it could definitely be updated and improved, it is a great way for anybody to understand feminism better.

 

 

Written by Serena Zola

May 30, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Book Review: Orlando by Virginia Woolf (1928)

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Orlando Virginia WoolfPlot Summary: The book’s protagonist Orlando lives for three centuries as a man and then a woman. Throughout Orlando’s lifetime, Orlando tries to discover what it truly means to live.

My Review: One of the best things about this book is the character Orlando. Orlando is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever encountered in classic literature. As a man and a woman, Orlando is flighty, creative, thoughtful, and more.

Although a fictional character, Orlando could be someone you know or end up knowing.  Overall, Orlando is very insightful and relatable  to just about anyone.

Another thing that was somewhat enjoyable is Woolf’s writing style. It is just as complicated as Orlando.  It is beautiful, rambling, thoughtful, and tedious. There are only six chapters in this book, but each chapter is very long. It almost felt like reading a prose version of a Walt Whitman poem.

The most interesting thing about the book is the plot. It is clever and powerful.  It felt very real because of how it discussed gender identity and expression, conformity,  and how men and women are valued and perceived.

Overall, this book wasn’t always enjoyable, but it was very thought-provoking. The issues discussed in this book still apply today. I recommend this to everyone.

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