Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black

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Over thirty contributors from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. challenge the false promises of free trade in the Americas. Concrete strategies to build an integrated North America based on the principles of ecological sustainability, equity, and social justice.

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bell hooks is the author of many books on feminism, black women's experience, relationships, and political change. She lives in New York City and has taught at Yale and Oberlin College.

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In her introduction, bell hooks writes about how difficult it is for her to write about her real, personal, Gloria Watkins self: "It has to do with punishment - with all those years in childhood and on, where I was hurt for speaking truths, speaking the outrageous, speaking in my wild and witty way, or as friends sometimes say, 'do we have to go that deep?'" In this collection of twenty-five essays with such enticing (uncapitalized) titles as "feminist scholarship: ethical issues," "on being black at yale: education as the practice of freedom" and "'whose pussy is this': a feminist comment," she examines deeply and speaks unsparingly. Of particular concern in Talking Back, bell hooks' second major theoretical work, is "how deeply connected" the split between our private and public selves is in ongoing practices of domination, especially in our "intimate relationships, [the] ways racism, sexism, and class exploitation work in our daily lives, in those private spaces -- that it is there that we are often most wounded, hurt, dehumanized; there that ourselves are most taken away, terrorized, and broken." Talking Back is a book that can be used by any interested reader to shape new ways of knowing through its thoroughly examined and well-articulated understanding that "domination is not just a subject for radical discourse, for books. It is about pain... Even before the words, we remember the pain." -- For great reviews of books for girls, check out Let's Hear It for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14. -- From 500 Great Books by Women; review by Jesse Larsen

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