Essay On Bell Hooks

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Gloria Jean Watkins or better known as bell hooks, was an American author, feminist, and social activist. She was born on September 25, 1952 and later in her career, she started to go by the name of bell hooks. The name is derived from her great-grandmother, Bell Blair Hooks. She thought that by going by “bell hooks” that the people would recognize her more of her work, rather than her name. hooks obtained her B.A. in English from Stanford University and then M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Soon after, she taught English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Southern California. After[ML1] a few years of teaching at numerous institutions, hooks began to write books and journals. Her work primarily focused on the …show more content…
Within “Feminist Theory: Margin to Center”, hooks states that she wants women of color to assume responsibility of uniting to "learn about [their] cultures, to share [their] knowledge and skills, and to gain strength from [their] diversity (hooks, p. 57). She acknowledges that interaction between races can be difficult due to the fact that behavioral patterns performed in one culture may be unacceptable or frowned upon in another and it may have a negative impact on the sisterhood that they are trying to revive. She explains that by "learning one another 's cultural codes and respecting [women 's] differences, [women of color] feel a sense of community, of Sisterhood” (hooks, p. 58). She adds on that it is important that women need to understand and accept that they all suffer in some way, but no more or no less than another. Throughout Feminist Theory, hooks explains how modern feminism isn’t about women being equal to men, but rather white women wanting to be equal to white men[ML6] . It is interesting to see how hooks applies race and gender towards her theory of feminism and how that impacted society’s view of

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