Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar's bookshelf.

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206 pages

Average rating: 8.08




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E Clou
May 10, 2023
10/10 stars
Excellent book with the central thesis that "... to be 'feminist' in any authentic sense of the term is to want for all people, female and male, liberation from sexist role patterns, domination, and oppression."

In order to unite and understand each other well enough to do that, American women must embrace "... that American women, without exception, are socialized to be racist, classist and sexist, in varying degrees, and that labeling ourselves feminists does not change the fact that we must consciously work to rid ourselves of the legacy of negative socialization." People who want to oppress large swaths of society (think big profitable corporations and the politicians on their payrolls, white-nationalist men, and oppressive religions) seek to stop us from doing this work.
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Jan 06, 2023
9/10 stars
Hard but necessary read
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