Hood Feminism

Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot
Narrated by: Mikki Kendall
Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Gender Issues
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A potent and electrifying critique of today's feminist movement announcing a fresh new voice in black feminism

Today's feminist movement has a glaring blind spot, and paradoxically, it is women. Mainstream feminists rarely talk about meeting basic needs as a feminist issue, argues Mikki Kendall, but food insecurity, access to quality education, safe neighborhoods, a living wage, and medical care are all feminist issues. All too often, however, the focus is not on basic survival for the many, but on increasing privilege for the few. That feminists refuse to prioritize these issues has only exacerbated the age-old problem of both internecine discord and women who rebuff at carrying the title. Moreover, prominent white feminists broadly suffer from their own myopia with regard to how things like race, class, sexual orientation, and ability intersect with gender. How can we stand in solidarity as a movement, Kendall asks, when there is the distinct likelihood that some women are oppressing others? 

In her searing collection of essays, Mikki Kendall takes aim at the legitimacy of the modern feminist movement arguing that it has chronically failed to address the needs of all but a few women. Drawing on her own experiences with hunger, violence, and hypersexualization, along with incisive commentary on politics, pop culture, the stigma of mental health, and more, Hood Feminism delivers an irrefutable indictment of a movement in flux. An unforgettable debut, Kendall has written a ferocious clarion call to all would-be feminists to live out the true mandate of the movement in thought and in deed.

©2020 Mikki Kendall (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Kendall is a highly knowledgeable and inspiring guide, and she effectively builds on the work of black women who have, for ages, been working to better the lives of themselves and their communities.... A much-needed addition to feminist discourse.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This book is an act of fierce love and advocacy, and it is urgently necessary.” (Samantha Irby, author of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life)

“Mikki Kendall tells it like it is, and this is why she has long been a must-read writer for me: incisive, clear-eyed, and rightly willing to challenge readers when necessary. Her exploration of how feminists’ fight for liberation has too often left poor people, Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color behind is critical reading for anyone who is or wants to be involved in work addressing complex and longstanding inequalities.” (Nicole Chung, author of All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir)

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Must read!

This book has been life changing! As a black woman it really spoke to me and how intersectional feminism is a movement for me and about me! It challenged me to make better choices and support other women along this journey!

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Enhances your feminist knowledge

Did a great job in giving clarity of what feminism is and can be. Covered variety of important topics. Only gave it 4 stars do to this is not my typical genre to read and really get into it.

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This the First Time I’ve Heard MY Story Told Properly

The first time I heard my story told properly

I happened to see someone share this book one day on Instagram and decided to check it out on Audible. While I’m an award-winning publisher by day, I am a “trap enthusiast” who wants to better the Black community, so the title alone drew me in. Plus I have been undecided about feminism for years, but only a few years ago did I discover there is more than one side to feminism. Which brings me to Mikki and her storytelling. I shared a little about myself above to show there are multiple layers to me, but Mikki did an excellent job elaborating on many of those layers, I refer to them as “all the but’s”, because usually they’re shared following a “but” in a sentence. They’re our “circumstances”, “situations”, “drama”, shame and/or excuses. So many of the issues she describe, I’ve overcome or am enduring, but I never knew there are names for these situations. I’m going to listen to this book several more times and suggest it to friends and colleagues because we really don’t know what we’re facing if we can’t even address these situations properly. Thank you so much Nikki for your anger and your bravery to speak up/out on these issues. #fancysthoughts

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book for all

This is another book that ALL people need to read in order to gain a greater understanding of our fellows human beings.

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Great book, performance is a bit rough

This is a wonderful overview of intersectionality, and how important it is if we truly want to call ourselves feminists. Mikki has a unique perspective and brings a much needed voice to the conversation.

That said, the literal reading of it was a bit inconsistent in its speed, and sometimes the pitch of her voice would go up half an octave and then back down to her normal register. Overall, though, if you aren’t too bothered by that sort of thing then this book is definitely worth it!

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Excellent Read

Basic Survival for All Women..Not just White Women. White Women Don't or refuse to Get What Black Women Experience to Just Survive. We can't pull the Privilege Card. Good Book

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AWESOME

I usually don't listen to ebooks but this was great and so many things to highlight. definitely getting the physical book

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inclusive

I learned so much from this book. It added to my already extensive knowledge on the topic! I particularly liked how the author not only discussed overlooked issues among Black women but also included the perspectives of the LGBT+ population in her keen analyses. A quick read , but EVERY sentence is profound and requires one to take his or her time to soak in all of the Wisdom . Thanks for this book!!!

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I'm proclaiming hood feminism

I love that this book addresses the gaps in traditional feminism, Black feminism, and even womanism. I resonated with a lot of what Kendall had to say and I love that she backs it all up with data.

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She sang my song!

This book is so well written and so well thought out. She hi-lighted every concern I have with modern feminism. I have never related so much with a book before. I’m sure this book will step on the toes of a few people and they will in return give it low ratings but trust me, before you do that examine yourself.