Feminism: A transformational Politic



Bell Hooks, in ‘Feminism: A Transformational Politic’ gives readers a sociological perspective on the kind of world we live in.

We live in a world of crisis … one in which the belief in a notion of superior and inferior

Hooks suggests that feminists, well, the contemporary ones, think that sexual politics is the origin of this, and that the different status of men and women  is an indication of patriarchal domination.

this assumption has been given a solution.

If we eliminate sexist oppression, it would eradicate all forms of domination. This sounds quite simple, and sounds like a legitimate solution.

The feminists have put in effort to end the patriarchal domination. And it should be taken seriously as it insists on eradicating and exploiting the oppressions in the family scene, or any form of close relationships, for a better society. And for any form of political movement, it must directly address the person. So, we need to change the self.

Not only is feminism discussed in the viewpoint of the status difference between men and women, but it is also discussed as a liberation struggle, and that it is apart of a larger struggle such as other forms of domination (racism etc).

Feminism can be taken in a very wrong perspective. People don’t really seem to understand, and label women who argue for things as FEMINIST!. My point here is that, the word is thrown around in a derogatory term.

Hooks helps readers understand that this feminist revolution process will allow men and women to work together and eradicate patriarchal domination, and therefore making the world a better and free place.

this was written in reference to Hooks, B. 1989,  ‘Feminism: A Transformational Politic’, Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black, South End Press Boston MA, pp. 19-27.