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Talking Back Thinking Feminist Thinking Black bell hooks writes about the meaning of feminist consciousness in daily life and about self recovery about overcoming white and male supremacy and about intimate relationships exploring the point wh

  • Title: Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black
  • Author: bell hooks
  • ISBN: 9780896083523
  • Page: 126
  • Format: Paperback
  • bell hooks writes about the meaning of feminist consciousness in daily life and about self recovery, about overcoming white and male supremacy, and about intimate relationships, exploring the point where the public and private meet.

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    1. Zanna on said:

      This is the earliest of bell hooks' books that I've read, and the first time I've read about her family and educational background in so much detail. At the start of the book, she discusses how talking about these topics has been difficult for her because they are not permissible topics in her milieu, for instance, black people and other people of colour have protected themselves from aspects of white supremacy by keeping quiet (also, she talks about ridiculing the thoughtless, annoying, self-ob [...]

    2. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      bell hooks is one of the best theorists of 20th-21st C feminism and this, one of her early books, is an outstanding analysis of how to oppose sexism and racism. Perhaps a timely re-read for me know during the oppressive era of Drumpfism, I recall it was one of my favourite books of hers along with Ain't I A Woman and Bone Black. Definitely worth your time - her writing is engaging and witty and absolutely, sadly relevant still 27 years later.

    3. Shonell Bacon on said:

      It's hard for me to put into words how much I loved this book, but I will have to soon as it's part of my dissertation reading list. One reason I love? I'm a fan of blending the academic with the personal, with writing that aids in elevating the mind but doesn't put up a wall between the words and the reader. Another reason? This book called me to remember my own life, own stories and how being black and female was read, handled, and lived in the many spaces I've traveled in my life. Another rea [...]

    4. Amy on said:

      As pure coincidence, I began reading this book just a few days before my workplace had a training about Power & Privilege. The trainer had an enlarged bell hooks quote posted at the front of the room. Both the training and this book gave me plenty of ideas to mull over and discuss with friends, including how feminism should include discussions of men, how education can be a force of oppression, and how unchecked white women have and can be harmful to progressing feminist and anti-racist move [...]

    5. Patricia on said:

      This is a book of essays by Bell Hooks. I love it when you're feeling a certain way about an issue but you're at a lost for words or can't express your thoughts. Bell Hooks speaks for me in so many ways. I found myself speaking out loud, reading passages to members of my family, adding my own thoughts in the margins on just about every page. I loved it!

    6. Strong Extraordinary Dreams on said:

      Is this a representative of modern black thought? There are millions better, better thinkers, better writers.The thinking is weak, disorganized, unconvincing. And I was already convinced.Must try harder.

    7. Deidre Valentine on said:

      While reading Talking Back, I was reminded of an assignment that was given to me by one of my high school teachers. The assignment was designed to help the class understand the use of paradigms. bell hooks asserts, "My placement of black women at the center [of Ain't I A Woman] was not an action to exclude others but rather an invitation, a challenge to those who would hear us speak, to shift paradigms rather than appropriate, to have all readers listen to the voice of a black woman speaking a s [...]

    8. Jackie on said:

      I had conflicting feelings about this book. Mainly I appreciated the call to action it constituted, but I spent a lot of time wishing it hit harder. However, if this book were widely read, I feel it would do a great deal of good to foster creative works and thoughtful consciousness across demographic types. If this had been required reading in my freshman year of college or senior year of high school, I feel it would have done much to shatter the bubble of my middle class white perception of the [...]

    9. Jocelyn on said:

      This might be my favorite out and loud feminist gem of all time. bell hooks ranks at the top for pointing out the reasons why feminist theory has application to our lives, especially if we are educated and have the means to sustain ourselves above a working-class life. If you think you're comfortable, you should reconsider.

    10. Lori on said:

      This book is an excellent read, if only for its critical review of Spike Lee's movie SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT. Before hooks, I'd never read or heard the kind of thoughts I'd long pondered in silence expressed in print or spoken aloud. For me this book was very much an enlightening and liberating experience.

    11. Anne on said:

      This is the book that made me a feminist. Or, I should say, the book that *really* made me a feminist, not just someone who said she was one.

    12. Arda on said:

      hooks is cool.Notes from this in thesis:Noting that certain women from certain communities adapt, cope, and are regarded as generally tough in dealing with their difficult circumstances, there is much pain which is endured but that gets disregarded, under the assumption that those communities are inherently strong. hooks (1989) notes this about strong black women whose suffering is often overlooked

    13. Kadine on said:

      It's taking me forever to finish this book. But that's only because hooks keeps me hooked on her words. I read one sentence and feel seduced. I reread. Most times I stop, think and internalize. I savour. For weeks. I am in no rush.

    14. Fleur on said:

      As always, brilliant and insightful. I am always in awe of how intersectional hooks thinking is and how devoted to solidarity her work is.

    15. Purple Iris on said:

      Phenomenal. The earlier chapters were a lot more relevant to what I'm currently working on, but such an important book in so many different ways. I am sure I will think of it often as I write and teach.

    16. Dominic on said:

      In this early and highly readable text, bell hooks makes a notable shift in voice that came to define her critical stance and critical style as a theorist and teacher. Talking Back was her third and most personal book to date, but this was only the beginning of her evolution. While other theorists saw the personal as having as adverse effect on the quality of the work, bell hooks illustrates just how important theory, postmodernism and other critical concepts to actual lived experience. She spea [...]

    17. Quinn Forrester-Wamsley on said:

      I already find myself thinking about the politics of domination and how the very existence of dominance is anti-feminist, according to bell hooks. I've never really thought about it that way explicitly, but rather on individual terms like between teacher and student, whites and people of color, men and women (and cis gender vs identities along the gender spectrum), etc. It's an overall connecting theme that I find can help connect the feminist fight, as feminism tends to promote the perspectives [...]

    18. Abbie on said:

      This book has been one of the most formative and impactful books for me. Talking Back explores the act of speaking out, claiming voice, and owning identity as a woman of color (and all the complications and obstacles in pursuing that), whether growing up in a family or culture that does not necessarily encourage this, in creative work, in academic settings, in Feminist movements that can often leave out women of color, or in a patriarchal society. It's theoretical, but still deeply personal. It' [...]

    19. Yossie on said:

      I'm super busy at the moment, so I can't write as much as I'd like to on this book. But you can read my random thoughts as I went along on Twitter, here: twitter/yossiepaul/statusI want to write something about the importance of Black women writing and telling stories. This is such a brilliant book, and the perfect complementary book to "Ain't I A Woman?"

    20. N¥ķķ ¥*Read§ P on said:

      This book was originally a text I read in a Women's Studies course in the 90s. Since then, this book has been a staple addition to papers I have written on power -privilege, gender identity, women's mental health, patriarchy and so much more. bell hooks is an insightful and intelligent writer who informs practices and best outcome for women who experience oppression. Thank you! Nicole

    21. Emily on said:

      After reading this in college I barely wrote a single paper that didn't either refer to it directly or inspire me in some way. This book (and the class in which we discussed it) first introduced me to the idea that finding one's voice is an essential part of liberation struggle. hooks is an amazing writer and I greatly respect her desire to make theory accessible.

    22. Grace on said:

      Great book, astounding author. Her writing showcases sheer bravery in the face of institutionalized racism. "Talking Back" takes us through her process of fighting against the status quo, and of healing.

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