"Patriarchy has always seen love as women’s work, degraded and devalued labor."
- bell hooks
"We have all herd the maxim “If you do not love yourself, you will be unable to love anyone else.” It sounds good. Yet more often than not we feel some degree of confusion when we har this statement. The confusion arises because most people who think they are not lovable have this perception because at some point in their lives they were socialized to see themselves as unlovable by forces outside their control. We are not born knowing how to love anyone, either ourselves or somebody else. However, we are born able to respond to care. As we grow we can give and receive attention, affection, and joy. Whether we learn how to love ourselves and others will depend on the presence of a loving environment."
- Bell Hooks, All About Love (via beaucoupshade)
"Teaching women how to defend themselves against male rapists is not the same as working to change society so that men will not rape. Establishing houses for battered women does not change the psyches of the men who batter them, nor does it change the culture that promotes and condones their brutality. Attacking heterosexuality does little to strengthen the self-concept of the masses of women who desire to be with men. Denouncing housework as menial labor does not restore to the woman houseworker the pride and dignity in her labor she is stripped of by patriarchal devaluation. Demanding an end to institutionalized sexism does not ensure an end to sexist oppression"
- bell hooks, Ain’t I a Woman: black women and feminism, p.191
feminism is for everybody!
Check out the full pdf of Feminism is for Everybody by bell hooks! Gloria Jean Watkins also known by the pen name, bell hooks wrote through a postmodern perspective engaging in passionate criticisms about race, class and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism.
I suggest you take a gander:
Feminism is for Everybody
this book is really really rad & i’m really sad my copy got stolen a few years ago
but now let’s spread the joy of feminism