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Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot

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Mikki Kendall

6 Hours 58 Minutes

Penguin Audio

February 2020

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“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 Antiracist

A potent and electrifying critique of today’s feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminism

Today'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.

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  • Erica G.

    OMG! HOOD FEMINISM, IS EVERYTHING!!! Mikki wrote this book! She has the innate ability to bait you in with every line - keeping you satisfied, but wanting more. She tells it like it is and doesn't hold back. Her storytelling skills make it easy to imagine and walk through each experience with here. She use her struggles, traumas, and life experiences to paint vivid imagery, to draw parallels, and to offer solutions to the problems that seem so complex to resolve by gov officials and feminists groups alike. Mikki's a notable writer and this is a must read! It sheds light on the many injustices and systemic issues plaguing marginalized communities and helps those of privilege that are willing - gain a deeper understanding and perspective. I love this book so much, I wish everyone could read it, it'll make for a better world. As far as her narration- she speaks eloquently, in an even tone (for the most part), with occasional, high pitches.

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  • Kaeli K.

    Incredibly informative, incredibly well written.

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