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bell hooks is dead. The writer and feminist was 69 years old

She passed away at home, surrounded by relatives and friends, her family informed.

bell hooks is dead. Feminism icon

Gloria Jean Watkins was born on September 25, 1952, she adopted the nickname bell hooks, inspired by the name of her great-grandmother – Bell Blair Hooks. Where do lowercase letters come from? She claimed that in this way she wanted people to pay attention to her work, not to her.

She began her education in segregated schools. She studied at Stanford University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and in 1983 she obtained her PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

In 1978, she made her debut with the book of poems “And There We Wept”. Three years later her first book “Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism” was published.

The central theme of her work was the interpenetration of races, capitalism and gender, and what she described as their ability to create and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. “We see no benefit to feminism that is distant and separate from other struggles,” she wrote.

She has published over 30 books and numerous scientific articles, appeared in documentaries, participated in public lectures, and was a professor at many universities. Her works touched upon the themes of race, class, gender, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism. In 2014, she founded the Bell Hooks Institute at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky.

She also proposed a definition of “sisterhood”. According to hooks, there is no such thing as a “common interest for all women,” so it’s about building a collective movement by people who have different experiences and interests.

Source: Gazeta

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