Bell Hooks Unpacking Transphobia In Feminism Analysis

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Defining Feminism
The authors have a differing approach toward the definition of feminism. In “You’re a Hardcore Feminist. I swear.” by Jillian Valenti, Valenti defines feminism by extracting an actual dictionary definition. Valenti’s feminism is the “Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sex”, followed by “the movement organized around this belief”, in other words, the movement toward the social and economic equality of men and women.
In “Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression”, bell hooks defines feminism in the very title. Throughout the reading, hooks continuously stresses the importance of intersectionality, and the feminist movement not just making women equal to men. Hooks defines feminism as a movement toward the dismantling of the patriarchy and focusing on the reality of all women, not just white, middle-class women. Hooks also emphasizes the need for feminism to focus on women who are most vulnerable and most negatively affected by capitalism and class structure.
In “Unpacking Transphobia in Feminism”, Emma Allen indirectly defines feminism as
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In the article, hooks argues that the simplistic definition of feminism being about the equality of the sexes ignores the interconnected struggles of racism and classism that women face in conjunction with sexism. She points out this flawed common understanding of feminism by addressing that not all men are equal to one another in the first place in a “white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal class structure”, and addressing that not all women have the same idea of what equality really means. While white, middle class women are content with the idea of being equal to men, women of color and of the lower class understand that being equal to the men who are also of color and of lower class is not as progressive as white feminists claim it to

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