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Quotations From BELL HOOKS

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  • 1.
    The political core of any movement for freedom in the society has to have the political imperative to protect free speech.
    bell hooks (b. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 5 (1994). Reflecting on the tendency of some feminists and African American rights activists to advocate selective suppression—e.g., some feminists' advocacy of censoring pornography.

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  • 2.
    Class is rarely talked about in the United States; nowhere is there a more intense silence about the reality of class differences than in educational settings.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author and educator. Teaching to Transgress, ch. 12 (1994). Hooks had been raised in very modest circumstances in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

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  • 3.
    The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955), U.S. author and educator. Teaching to Transgress, ch. 14 (1994).
  • 4.
    Life-transforming ideas have always come to me through books.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 8 (1994).

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  • 5.
    Being oppressed means the absence of choices.
    bell hooks (b. 1955), African American author and educator. Feminist Theory, ch. 1 (1984). Hooks had grown up poor in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.
  • 6.
    Had middle class black women begun a movement in which they had labeled themselves "oppressed," no one would have taken them seriously.
    bell hooks (b. 1955), African American author and educator. Feminist Theory, ch. 1 (1984). Referring to the fact that the contemporary Women's Liberation Movement was founded largely by well-educated, middle-class white women. Hooks, who was college educated but grew up in a poor African American Kentucky family, was a feminist.

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  • 7.
    What had begun as a movement to free all black people from racist oppression became a movement with its primary goal the establishment of black male patriarchy.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and civil rights advocate. Ain't I a Woman? Introduction (1981).

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  • 8.
    Like desire, language disrupts, refuses to be contained within boundaries.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955), U.S. author and educator. Teaching to Transgress, ch. 11 (1994).
  • 9.
    Assumptions that racism is more oppressive to black men than black women, then and now ... based on acceptance of patriarchal notions of masculinity.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American feminist author and educator. Yearning, ch. 8 (1990).

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  • 10.
    ... the function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it's to imagine what is possible.
    bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 19 (1994).

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