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  • Hood Feminism

  • Notes from the Women White Feminists Forgot
  • By: Mikki Kendall
  • Narrated by: Mikki Kendall
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Categories: History, Women
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (46 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Bloomsbury presents Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall, read by Mikki Kendall.

I'm a feminist. Mostly. 

I'm an asshole. Mostly.

All too often the focus of mainstream feminism is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few.

Meeting basic needs is a feminist issue. Food insecurity, the living wage and access to education are feminist issues. The fight against racism, ableism and transmisogyny are all feminist issues.

White feminists often fail to see how race, class, sexual orientation and disability intersect with gender. How can feminists stand in solidarity as a movement when there is a distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others?

Insightful, incendiary and ultimately hopeful, Hood Feminism is both an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux and also clear-eyed assessment of how to save it.

©2020 Mikki Kendall (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Required reading for any feminist, Kendall explores why mainstream feminism neglects to see how race, class, sexual orientation and disability intersects with gender with a clear-eyed assessment of how to fix it." (Evening Standard, The Best Books to Look Forward To in 2020)

"My wish is that every white woman who calls herself a feminist (as I do) will read this book in a state of hushed and humble respect. It’s long overdue that we drop our defenses, listen to her arguments carefully, and then change our entire way of thinking and behaving. Essential reading." (Elizabeth Gilbert)

"In Hood Feminism, author and activist Mikki Kendall looks at how feminism is neglecting marginalised communities, and what can be done to challenge and confront those inequalities from within the feminist movement." (Stylist, The 29 Best Non-Fiction Books Out in 2020)

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So many pearls

I loved how Mikki intertwined her lived experience in her take down of white feminism. She critiqued and challenged and I am here for it. He mihi aroha e te mareikura. Thank you for your wisdom and sharing Mikki.

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Brilliant

A brilliant and confronting read that every white feminist (actually, human) should read. I’m challenged to not just listen, but put Kendall’s challenge in action. There’s a lot of space for us white women to repudiate allyship and become accomplices. I won’t forget this book.

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  • 18-04-2020

Very American.

Content was great. Wish I knew that this was just about the USA before reading though - as someone who isn’t American, doesn’t plan on visiting America and doesn’t know any Americans. I would like to read more about this topic in other countries.

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  • Alice Crosley
  • 03-04-2021

Amazing

One of the best books I have ever heard on audible or in every capacity. Her words are ever so powerful but blooming relatable even as a white autistic women with trauma living poverty I could relate and you know what? I felt understood. Inspiring read. Inspiring human. I could not recommend this enough to anyone especially activists.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-2020

A must read!

This is not for those who do not enjoy introspection. This text forces you to confront your personal ideologies, preconceptions, and privileges, it demands you to consider those below you in every inch of decision making and when taking up the mantle of being a feminist. Whilst also reminding those privileged enough to see feminism as a political social choice that the women society chose to forgot saved themselves and will continue to meet their needs and do not need pity or a hand out. These women need to be centred, remembered and fought with, their needs need to be considered feminist needs, they need to be advocated and given the tools to build their communities. They need to be given the space to have an uncensored voice and this book is just the start. Thank you Mikki Kendall!

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  • Cam
  • 06-04-2021

Must read/listen

A fantastic series of essays on race, gender and equality. It's great to be able to hear Kendall herself read this.

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  • Naomi
  • 26-03-2021

The book we all need!

This is exactly the book I needed right now. Mikki explores the complex issues faced by women of colour, highlights excellently why feminism needs to be intersectional and includes throughout the importance of recognising marginalised groups and inclusivity for the LGBTQIA+ community. I’m telling everyone I know to read this book, particularly my fellow white cis feminists.

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  • Nina Bhadreshwar
  • 20-02-2021

Game changer

Kendall articulates succinctly what women like me have experienced fir decades on both sides of the Atlantic. This is THE definitive code for all women of color; it explains how and why white feminism has ‘never had our back’ and never will do. I will be giving this to my students, nieces and god- daughters- and my well-meaning woefully wrong ‘woke’ white friends.

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  • deschanell
  • 15-02-2021

Excellent

Great book, very well written - can be both emotional as well as thought providing. The only minor thing I would say is that sometimes the narrator's voice would abruptly change to va ery softly spoken and quiet tone from her regular voice, which made it a bit difficult to focus on what she was saying - but perhaps that was just me. Otherwise great, one of the rare books that isn't only focused on issues, but looks at the history, how that has shaped the context of the issues today, as well as offering solutions. Excellent read, highly recommend

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  • 08-09-2020

Excellent Read

Mikki Kendall has produced an absolutely fantastic book that approaches feminism and feminist issues in such an intersectional approach, I have learnt soo much from this truly fantastic book and would really recommend all to read especially those who may consider themselves a feminist.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-06-2020

Must Read

Incredible book. I loved listening and learning to Mikki. I hope some day this book will be on schools reading lists.

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