Gloria Jean Watkins

[bell hooks]

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Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by her pen name bell hooks (intentionally uncapitalized), is an American author, feminist, and social activist. She took her nom de plume from her maternal great-grandmother Bell Blair Hooks.

Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, capitalism, and gender and what she describes as their ability to produce and ... more »

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  • ''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).
  • ''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 Lib...
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''... privacy is ... connected to a politics of domination.''
    bell hooks (b. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 19 (1994).
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