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Hood Feminism

Hood Feminism

Notes From the Women That A Movement Forgot

Book - 2020
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"A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women"-- Provided by publisher.
"Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord, and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed." -- Publisher's description
Publisher: [New York] :, Viking,, [2020]
ISBN: 9780525560548
Characteristics: xviii, 267 pages ; 22 cm


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A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women.

Essays on feminism focused on how different feminist movements and frameworks have neglected or uplifted Black women.

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Nov 10, 2020

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Nov 06, 2020

Hood Feminism is a great critique of the mainstream feminist movement and how its focus has shifted mostly to white women gaining economic power while Black people, people of color, and trans people are still marginalized and experience discrimination within the feminist movement. She does a great job arguing the connection between basic needs such as healthcare, food, education and feminism. It's also important to note as Kendall does in the book that marginalized women are usually the topic of feminist literature instead of the ones writing the literature. From sharing and applying her personal experiences, Mikki Kendall reminds us that feminism is grounded in basic rights for all people, not just white women. Anyone that identifies as a feminist and is passionate about social justice needs to read Hood Feminism.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 28, 2020

Oh, so very good and eye opening. If the title makes you think "this book can't be for me," you are incorrect. It is. This is an amazing, issue by issue review of concerns that main stream feminism often ignores (poverty, housing, etc.) that are, indeed, feminist issues. A very clear cut case is made for why ALL feminists, not just those with marginalized identities, should be concerned about these issues. And for those concerned about how books like this do or do not include trans individuals into their discussion: this one falls very firmly into the trans-inclusive camp. Important reading for all of us.

Jul 26, 2020

Kendall is able to present current issues with up-to-date facts, as well as use her own experiences and other first-hand accounts, to present solid evidence of multiple issues with mainstream feminism. Kendall then provides realistic solutions for these intersectional issues. A great resource for anyone looking to educate themselves on social issues they may not already be aware of.

RandomLibrarian Jul 23, 2020

Review excerpt: "Its subtitle is “Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot,” which sets up this collection of 18 essays perfectly. The essays cover topics like food insecurity, how Black women are stereotyped and represented in the media, access to quality medical care, gun violence, and reproductive justice. While each essay offers information to help us better understand these issues, together they add up a damning takedown of White feminism. The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrates that White feminism is about getting more power and influence for White women (in particular, those who are also straight, cisgender, middle-class, and able-bodied), rather than helping all women—especially Black women—out of oppression and into the same level of privilege and power that White women have. Because, as the book says, “A better deal for white women could not be, would not be, the road to freedom for Black women.”

... From the first page to the last, "Hood Feminism" was constructed to make us look at the social problems facing Black communities. Like, REALLY look at them so we can start to fix them, rather than gloss over them as we reach for the next glass ceiling we want to shatter, expecting all other women to fall in line with us (yes, I’m speaking directly to my fellow White women here). In fact, in the first chapter, “Solidarity is Still for White Women,” Kendall addresses the harm and inefficacy of White feminists’ expectations that everyone conform to their ideals and goals:

“A one-size-fits-all approach to feminism is damaging, because it alienates the very people it is supposed to serve, without ever managing to support them.”

I don’t recommend speeding through "Hood Feminism", unless you plan to come back to the beginning and read it again more thoroughly. It took me a couple of months to get through all of the essays, because I found myself putting the book down to digest at the end of each one and sometimes in the middle of them. That’s both because of the amount of information in them and the way that information is conveyed. We’re warned in the introduction that "Hood Feminism" won’t be a comfortable read and that is exactly right, because no punches are pulled."



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