Analysis Of Bell Hooks 's ' Ain 't I A Woman ' Essay

821 Words Sep 14th, 2016 4 Pages
From the texts mentioned in the Buzzfeed article, I chose to delve further into learning how Ain’t I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks is connected to intersectionality and why it is a book Taylor Swift should read. I was immediately drawn to this book on intersectionality above all the other 18 that we were given to choose from because I was familiar with the title. Ain’t I a Woman is a poem/ speech written by former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth that talks about the themes of women being looked down as less than compared to men and not having equal opportunities to men, which over 100 years later from when Truth wrote this is still very much the case. I have heard Kerry Washington recite the speech and I was very moved by it. So I was intrigued to see if the information I gained on Hook’s novel have any connection to Truth’s speech.
Upon doing research about Bell Hook’s book, I discovered that it talks the idea that white women have ‘appropriated feminism’ meaning they have taken it and used it in a way only favorable to them by ignoring the fact that women of color and/or of lower class are targeted even worse in society. One of the main themes I believe the book encompasses is about how the feminist movement of the 1980’s (when this book was written) did not incorporate the needs of poor and non-white women, thus reinforcing sexism, racism, and classism. I find that this theme is very relatable and relevant to intersectionality because even though…

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