Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

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South End Press, 1989 - Social Science - 184 pages
Writing is a healing act of power for this woman who rea up in an old school Southern black world where children were meant to be seen and not hear. 'Talking back' was punished with silence. But in the world of woman-talk, where the everyday rules of how to live and how to act were established, hooks made language her birthright. When it comes to bigotry, there is no mincing words; bell hooks talks back. In Talking Back, this voice is as strong and uncompromising as ever but it is also much more personal. She writes about the meaning of feminist consciousness in daily life and about self-recovery, about overcoming white- and male- supremacy, and about intimate relationship, exploring the point where the public and private meet. 'Domination is not just a subject for discourse and books, ' she concludes. 'It is about pain. Even before the words, we remember the pain

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About the author (1989)

Bell Hooks was born Gloria Watkins on September 25, 1952. She grew up in a small Southern community that gave her a sense of belonging as well as a sense of racial separation. She has degrees from Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of California at Santa Cruz. She has served as a noted activist and social critic and has taught at numerous colleges. Hooks uses her great-grandmother's name to write under as a tribute to her ancestors. Hooks writes daring and controversial works that explore African-American female identities. In works such as Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism and Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, she points out how feminism works for and against black women. Oppressed since slavery, black women must overcome the dual odds of race and gender discrimination to come to terms with equality and self-worth.