Most men in my social sphere hate feminism and every time I get an answer to why it is always the same rhetoric “ya hate men”.

However, bell hooks’ book “Feminism is for Everybody”  illustrates to us a map of feminism that reaches out Feminism, to hooks, is more than ya hate men, it’s we hate oppression. She highlights a timeline of feminism, its forthcoming, and its downfalls. Simultaneously, providing insights into ways of thinking of a new world that is severed from white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.

 hooks a black scholar, feminist, and activist begins her book “Feminism is for everybody” by naming her target directly. She does not shy away from who the enemy is, offering us target practice. By doing so hooks begins her road map. In her introduction “Come Closer to Feminism” she writes “ It makes it clear that the problem is sexism.”[1] Towards the end she writes “Imagine living in a world where there is no domination, where females and males are not alike or even always equal, but where a vision of mutuality is the ethos shaping our interaction. Imagine living in a world where we can all be who we are, a world of peace and possibility.”[2]  Illustrating to us a world where violence, domination, control, possession are not the base of relationships. Where people are treated on a basis of mutual respect and possibility, as she writes. A world where freedom can actually exist and where people can flourish. A world where there is a removal of the thought of superiority.

I called my brother and him and his group of his friends explained to me how feminists hate men, but always want some dick.  If my brother and his friend would’ve read bell hooks’ Feminism is for Everybody, their perspective on feminism will move far beyond ya hate men. Hooks’ book illustrates feminism desire to combat the violence that has infiltrated the lives of him and me. He will see that there is no distance from feminism and himself. He will understand that this world was built on a system of domination, and feminism is our weapon to combat that.

 hooks provides him with a landscape in “Feminism is For Everybody”, in almost every chapter. In Feminist Parenting, she informs the audience that “children need to be raised in loving environments. Whenever domination is present love is lacking.”[3] In Visionary feminism she offers a dream “replacing that culture of domination with a world of participatory economics grounded in communalism and social democracy, a world without discrimination based on race or gender, where recognition of mutuality and interdependency would be dominant ethos.”[4] hooks gives us a world where mutuality is our basis for both personal and interpersonal relationships. In the chapter global feminist, she asks for us to also decolonize our thinking.

hooks’ “Feminism is for Everybody” goes far beyond ya hate men, it offers us ways to combat the violence that we have been conditioned to enjoy. Her book maps out the ways in which feminism can combat and tackle systems of oppression that harm all, systems that believe in possession and domination as the norm. Systems that have harmed both women and men. Hooks gives us a bridge with “Feminism is For Everybody”, now it is up to us to take the walk.


[1] hooks bell xii

[2] Ibid xiv

[3] Ibid 77

[4] Ibid 111