Title: Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
Author: Mikki Kendall
Narrator: Mikki Kendall
Length: 6 hours and 57 mins
Trigger Warnings: Discussions of racism, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, miscarriages, abortions, gun violence, police violence, harassment, fatphobia, eating disorders, food insecurities PTSD, suicide, victim blaming, mental illness, human trafficking, femicide, cultural appropriation, teacher discrimination and bullying.
“One of the biggest issues with mainstream feminist writing has been the way the idea of what constitutes a feminist issue is framed. 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. Instead of a framework that focuses on helping women get basic needs met, all too often the focus is not on survival but on increasing privilege. For a movement that is meant to represent all women, it often centers on those who already have most of their needs met.”
Hood Feminism breaks down the feminist movement and how it needs to change to include all women. This book talks about basic things about feminism that are rarely discussed, like basic needs such as food, housing, and quality education.
I found this book to be very educational. It makes you reconsider the current feminism and how it isn’t helping all women, just white women. The whitewashed feminism that is most offten seen today doesn’t incorporate intersectionality. It overlooks trans women, poor women, black women, and indigenous women, especially when they go missing.
Each chapter covers a different feminism in regards to basic needs, like good education, housing, and food. I really enjoyed how she broke everything down and showed how feminism really needs to fight for all of these things to succeed. I found the sections about food insecurities and education to be the most interesting. My mother struggled with providing food for us when I was growing up and a lot of what she discussed really hit close to home. She also discussed food deserts which is something that gets overlooked but is really important to talk about.
Overall this was a very thought provoking read and I highly recommend it if you call yourself a feminist, especially if you are a white woman.