Title: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
Author: Mikki Kendall
Thoughts: Considering I recommended this book to one of my best friends before I was even finished with it, I know this is going to be a book I bring up constantly. Kendall explores feminism and how white feminism does not just ignore the issues facing women of color, it often actively works to harm them. I listened to the audiobook version of this, but I went through GoodReads to pull the quotes below, because I think they’re so impactful. Feminism has to be intersectional—it has to work for all women. Otherwise it simply isn’t feminism.
There were so many parts of this book I absolutely loved, and as a white women who very much considers herself a feminist, it has given me a lot to think about. No matter how “good” we think our activism may be, it can always be better, more inclusive, more nuanced.
“We rarely talk about basic needs as a feminist issue. Food insecurity and access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues.”
“Respectability narratives discourage us from addressing the needs of sex workers, incarcerated women, or anyone else who has had to face hard life choices. No woman has to be respectable to be valuable.”
“The sad reality is that while white women are an oppressed group, they still wield more power than any other group of women—including the power to oppress both men and women of color.”