I Advocate Feminism

A photograph of a young bell hooks.

While reading Naomi Klein’s new book, Doppelganger: A Trip Into the Mirror World this morning, I was taken with this passage:

In her landmark 1984 book, Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, hooks cautioned readers to “avoid using the phrase ‘I am a feminist’” and opt instead for “I advocate feminism,” explaining that unlike the “I am” label, which triggers the listener’s prior beliefs about what and who is a feminist, the latter is far more likely to begin a conversation about what concrete changes feminism is trying to achieve and “does not engage us in the either/or dualistic thinking that is the central ideological component of all systems of domination in Western society.

So yeah, I’m totally using this now. And I guess I’m adding yet another book to my to read pile.

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