Hood feminism Notes from the women that a movement forgot

Mikki Kendall

Book - 2020

"A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women"--

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Subjects
Published
[New York] : Viking [2020]
Language
English
Physical Description
xviii, 267 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-267).
ISBN
9780525560548
0525560548
Main Author
Mikki Kendall (author)
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  • Allies, anger, and accomplices.
Review by Booklist Reviews

If feminism is defined as political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, then how does it account for a lack of that parity among women? Mainstream feminism is just that, normative, and tends to work for everyone save those who live on the margins. Blogger, speaker, and essayist Kendall is a Black woman who knows what it's like to live outside the majority patterns of society in general and feminism in particular. She has known hunger and been the victim of violence. She has fought for autonomy over her own body and had to justify her beliefs to the people she holds dearest. In this forceful and eloquent series of essays, she takes on the feminist myopia that ignores the daily existential struggles of women of color and encourages a broader support of society's most vulnerable citizens. If such support is forthcoming and awareness expanded, then not only will those outside the feminist establishment be empowered, those within the current movement will also be enlightened as to their cause's true universal potential. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

If feminism is defined as political, economic, and social equality of the sexes, then how does it account for a lack of that parity among women? Mainstream feminism is just that, normative, and tends to work for everyone save those who live on the margins. Blogger, speaker, and essayist Kendall is a Black woman who knows what it's like to live outside the majority patterns of society in general and feminism in particular. She has known hunger and been the victim of violence. She has fought for autonomy over her own body and had to justify her beliefs to the people she holds dearest. In this forceful and eloquent series of essays, she takes on the feminist myopia that ignores the daily existential struggles of women of color and encourages a broader support of society's most vulnerable citizens. If such support is forthcoming and awareness expanded, then not only will those outside the feminist establishment be empowered, those within the current movement will also be enlightened as to their cause's true universal potential. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In this collection of essays, Kendall (coeditor, Hidden Youth) explores how feminism has not acknowledged the many ways in which race, class, and sexual orientation intersect with gender. Through a biographical lens, Kendall examines how issues like food security, access to education, safe housing, and health care connect to feminist concerns, and ponders why they continue to be ignored by mainstream feminists. Reflecting on her experiences being raised by her grandmother, a woman described as a feminist who would never have called herself one, Kendall draws parallels between the unwritten rules she learned growing up and the disconnect many women of color still feel from white feminists. Whether she's discussing pop music, her patriarchal grandfather, or the number of women of color who go missing, Kendall combines her personal experiences with data and statistics to create a compelling narrative and call to action and change. VERDICT A frank account of who and what is still missing from mainstream feminism that will appeal to readers of women's and African American studies, and readers seeking a better grasp on history.—Venessa Hughes, Denver Copyright 2020 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Kendall writes a searing critique of mainstream white feminism and its neglect of issues like hunger, the education gap, and a living wage, drawing on her own experience as a Black Chicagoan. Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Blogger Kendall (Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists) indicts mainstream feminism for focusing on "debates over last names, body hair, and the best way to be a CEO" rather than the basic survival of marginalized women in this searing essay collection. Grounding her critique in personal experiences of gun violence, police discrimination, single motherhood, poverty, sexual harassment, and the "school-to-prison pipeline," Kendall accuses "theoretically feminist white women" of failing to "make common cause against white supremacy" and "turn to the patriarchy for protection" when they feel threatened. She asks white, straight, cisgender, middle- and upper-class women to become "accomplices" rather than "allies"; to stop fetishizing the bodies of women of color; and to make a living wage, safe neighborhoods,"food insecurity," voting rights, and access to quality medical care and education feminist issues. In the case of Muslim and African-American women challenging the patriarchal structures of Islam and the black church, however, Kendall advises mainstream feminists to step back and resist the impulse to play "white savior." Her forays into satire, including instructions for "How to Write About Black Women," are less impactful than her autobiographical reflections, but Kendall manages to draw a clear picture of what true intersectional feminism looks like. This hard-hitting guide delivers crucial insights for those looking to build a more inclusive movement. (Feb.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

An award-winning writer and frequent guest speaker presents a compelling critique of today’s black feminist movement that argues that modern activism needs to refocus on health care, education and safety for all women instead of a privileged few.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"A collection of essays taking aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “One of the most important books of the current moment.”—Time  “A rousing call to action... It should be required reading for everyone.”—Gabrielle Union, author of We’re Going to Need More Wine “A brutally candid and unobstructed portrait of mainstream white feminism.” —Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an AntiracistA potent and electrifying critique of today’s feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminismToday's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “The fights against hunger, homelessness, poverty, health disparities, poor schools, homophobia, transphobia, and domestic violence are feminist fights. Kendall offers a feminism rooted in the livelihood of everyday women.” —Ibram X. Kendi, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of  How to Be an Antiracist, in The Atlantic“One of the most important books of the current moment.”—Time  “A rousing call to action... It should be required reading for everyone.”—Gabrielle Union, author of We’re Going to Need More WineA potent and electrifying critique of today’s feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminismToday's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement, arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on reproductive rights, politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.