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Ain't I a Woman

Black Women and Feminism (2nd Edition)
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: History, Americas
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A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a Woman has become a must for all those interested in the nature of Black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on Black women during slavery, the devaluation of Black womanhood, Black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the Black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this work a critical place in every feminist scholar's library.

©2015 Gloria Watkins (P)2019 Tantor

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"Ain't I a Woman is one of the most interesting, lucid books dealing with the subject of Feminism. The book can be recommended wholeheartedly to anyone who is interested in Black history, in women's history, or in that much-overlooked connection between the two." (Maria K. Mootry Ikerionwu, Phylon (1983))

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Artful honestly of bell hooks, the fire starter...

There is only one bell hooks and she does not mince her words.
This book says everything that one needs to know to get a basic grasp of the dynamics of race, class and gender - within American feminist thinking and activism; straight from the most dehumanised and exploited community within the story of human capitalist experiment that is the United States of America: The black woman.
How did 1980s readers cope when they read it?
Either affirmed and acknowledged, shocked or shamed to wake up.
So delighted to see bell’s work here on audible.
Bravo. Bravo. Bravo.

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Excellent introduction to black feminism (I suspect bell hooks would hate that 😄)

The narrator is classy and I love it when she switches into character of various people cited in the book. This book is an excellent evaluation of the black women’s place in American society from slavery to the 20th Century. It calls for an urgent need for anti-racism in the feminist movement and togetherness in the fight against patriarchy, applying until today.

I am left with the feeling that white feminists still have a lot of work to do to re-examine the racism in the movement on their end and black women have to heal and realise that they too are harmed by the patriarchy from all sides, and feminism is for them.

It could have done with more citations for some of the assertions she made, but I think bell hooks is adamant not to put them in her works for some reason.

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Has aged well

Interesting, easy to read. Would recommend if you are interested in gender, race and intersectional feminism that’s well grounded in historical events and societies.

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The Reality of Intersectionality

Providing an amazingly detailed historical context in order to point out the ingrained racism and sexism Black Women of the american Diaspora have faced and continue to do so. I love how Bell Hooks points out that in being both Black and Women we have been made doubly invisible from both Movements of 'equality' .

Even if your research is about other black diasporas this book is definitely one to be used in regards to the paralleling global attitudes toward black women.

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Powerful

So informative and useful. Definitely a book that needs to be studied in schools.

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Essential listening

This is an essential book to listen to. I would recommend it to every single person on the planet.

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  • Cj James
  • 23-07-19

Informative

This was my first exploration into Bell Hooks and I was very satisfied. She backs up all of her arguments in detailed yet concise ways. This book is great for learning the complex intersection that is being an African-American woman in America. As a queer black man, I found it useful in understanding my own position as a male, as African-American, and queer.

Highly recommend.

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  • M H
  • 27-06-19

Empowering and Informatived!

This is a well written book, changed my perspective! highly reccomend everyone to read it

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  • kane walsh
  • 01-05-19

Required reading

This book should be required reading for all seeking to make the world a better place.

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  • Akadia Elie-Michel
  • 06-07-20

informative

I've learned so much in understanding how racism and sexism worked against black women. more importantly I saw I men could do better and make it easy for black women to navigate in this world

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 26-04-20

Necesario

I like fiction books for reading, and strugle with non fiction books to read. So I am using the time I used to spend in radio with non fiction books, sometimes is difucult for me because I came with the thought of knowing every thing. Now this book is NECESARY to read, and hearing It was very inspiring.

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  • CAROLYN G WYNN
  • 04-03-20

Worth listening to.

Good exploration of the cross-sectionality of being a African-American Woman/a woman in America and it's implications of the feminist movement

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  • Jimmie L Heags Jr
  • 25-01-20

This book was a soul stirring!

This book was a soul-stirring depiction of United States history from a perspective systemically unheard voice, the black woman in America.

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  • L.A.
  • 12-01-20

Essential!

hooks offers an expansive overview of the women's movement in the U.S. She exposes the racist and sexist behavior and rationale of various leaders who betrayed the movement to support their individual goals. Glad I finally read this book.

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  • Keith
  • 25-12-19

Highly Reccommended

I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the history of feminism and to those who want to understand what feminism meant to black women in the United States.