What is feminism?
In this short, accessible primer, Bell Hooks explores the nature of feminism and its positive promise to eliminate sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. With her characteristic clarity and directness, Hooks encourages readers to see how feminism can touch and change their lives - to see that feminism is for everybody.
"[Narrator Robin] Miles offers a steady pace - not too slow, not too fast. Her tone is as insightful and poignant as the author's content. Both women take listeners through a historical and present-day journey that conveys the importance of embracing feminism." (AudioFile)
While I don’t agree with all of Ms Hook’s ideas in this book, I did learn a lot about second wave feminism and came to appreciate more of what has been achieved. Some of her statements induced a few eye-rolls so just remember to read critically.
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Great introduction to feminist theory. I’m going to buy copies for my friends and family. Just finished and now I’m going to listen again!
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Great book by the wonderful Bell Hooks. While I caught myself having to rewind and listen again when the book got a bit heavy and complicated, for theory this is a very easy book to comprehend and absorb.
I'm so surprised to read some of the reviews about this audiobook. Robin Miles, one of the first inductees into Audio File Magazine's Narrator Hall of Fame, is called robotic! I guess perfection is too much for some people.
And then there are the critiques of bell hooks and the book itself: some guy pretending to be looking for "a solid argument in favor of feminism" says this book is tripe. I bet that guy says that about all the feminist books.
As a fan of bell hooks, I'm bias, I suppose, but this audiobook does what it sets out to do - give a primer on feminism in easy to understandable language. It is easy to listen to. The language is readily accessible and the narration is superb. Miles uses a steady pace--not too slow, not too fast. She matched her tone to the author's content: insightful and poignant. Together, bell and Robin take us, the listeners, on a journey from historical to present-day that conveys the importance of embracing feminism.
I certainly hope that serious listeners aren't put off by the misleading reviews. bell hooks (note that ms. hooks doesn't capitalize her name) is an amazing writer and a whole lot more: cultural critic, feminist theorist, former Yale professor, charismatic speaker, and writer, the "The Atlantic Monthly" calls her one of our America's leading public intellectual, while the Utne Reader's has her in their "100 Visionaries Who Could Change Your Life" list, etc. etc. It would be a shame to miss this because a few people were buying the book to diss it intentionally (like the guy who is trying to find "a solid argument in favor of feminism" - as though they aren't abundant). I guess I can't fault people who don't like the narration; Robin Miles may be a highly regarded and award winning narrator, but the listening experience is very subjective and one can't please everybody. Nevertheless, feminism is for everybody!
It's a shame that this audio is so bad. The text is great, historic and easy. The audio I purchased from Audible has a performance that sounds like a slightly deranged computerized voice. It actually makes the book harder to understand because of strange stresses and the overall bizarre tone. I am listening again now, and it honestly sounds like a voice sample rather than a read. Like they used individual words rather than have someone read it. I can't imagine they did that, but it sounds that bad.
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In my attempt to find a solid argument in favor of feminist thought, I discovered this horrid tripe. There isn't a shred of intellectual vigor here, nor is there any solid argument presented. Instead, the author presents an array of half-truths, post-hoc logic, and haphazard anecdotes. I'd say there's nothing of value here, but it is an interesting look into the mind of the author. By all means read this work, but know what you are getting into.
I should also mention that while the content is horrid, the presentation is excellent. The narration is strong and the recording is well produced.
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I was hoping for a to learn a lot about feminism in a more practical every day sense, but found that this audio book focused to much on what happened before, what it was like then and how this changed.
So for me it wasn’t the 1-2-3 for dummies book I was hoping for
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their is no evidence and logical faleces.
the book also make feminism an ideology sound like a religion.
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