A clear definition?
It is hard for me to say what I thought feminism was before reading bell hooks and the other articles. Growing up, my best friends (and often only friends) were typically females. I was never aware of any differences or roles society had placed on females and males. As I got older, I learned about some of the injustices females have faced and still face today. So I guess feminism to me has always been the challenge of questioning and destroying ideas society has placed on us that would bring females down.
Now that I have read some literature dealing with feminism, I can now put into words the way I have always lived. I think bell hooks states it best for me in the first line of her book, â€śSimply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.â€? (hooks pg. 1) By no means do I think this is the only definition that can be given to feminism, however; I do think it is a good goal. I think feminism has many forms and is changing constantly as our society changes. I have to agree with the post by KIS, feminism is a little different from when it started. This is why I think it is important that people (like me) take courses like this one. To learn how the movement is evolving and what it is evolving into.
It isnâ€™t good enough for me to just practice feminism in my own life. I need to be an example and a teacher for people who arenâ€™t feminists. Having a clear definition for feminism is a good place to start; it will allow me to put my thoughts and beliefs into words for other people. I still have a lot to learn, and I am excited for future readings and theories in this course to help me develop my thoughts and beliefs.