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A New York Times Best Seller

A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book of 2020

"If Hood Feminism is a searing indictment of mainstream feminism, it is also an invitation.... [Kendall] offers guidance for how we can all do better." (NPR)

"A rousing call to action for today's feminists. It should be required reading for everyone." (Gabrielle Union, author of We're Going to Need More Wine)

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 crafted 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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I Learned So Much!!!

I am IN LOVE with this book! I got the audiobook, then 3 chapters in I had to pick up the e-book so I could make notes (hence the headphones). This is definitely one I'll be revisiting several times!
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Hood Feminism taught me so much about how to make my feminism more Intersectional. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of that. But y'all, there is SO. MUCH. MORE. While I understood any issue that impacts women to be a feminist issue, feminism looks different to different people. Context is needed because needs vary based on things like socioeconomic background, culture, race, gender identity and more.
👉🗨"As feminists we need to take critical, radical measures in listening to women in the poorest communities about what they want and need instead of projecting narratives of ignorance onto them. We must work to unlearn the harmful narratives we've been taught and that we created in response to white supremacy."
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Ok. It's great I learned the things, but what am I going to DO with it? Hood Feminism restructured my brain on feminism, so I'm restructuring my fight. I've taken inventory of my giving and volunteer hours and am trying to diversify my impact to cover multiple causes often neglected by mainstream Feminism, including Hunger, Housing, Education etc.
👉🗨"'Why can't we give everyone else the same support and access?' That's the battle feminism should be fighting."
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I understand not everyone has the privilege to donate to causes monthly, or spend time outside of their jobs working for free at another organization and that's totally okay! But my privilege let's me do this. So it becomes my responsibility to try as hard as I can to bring the fight to as many places as I can. With my money, my time, my voice and my vote
👉🗨"...if you have come to these spaces looking to take things away for your benefit instead of looking to contribute, then you're already doing it wrong."
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Hood Feminism shows you how to go from self-proclaimed ally, to ally, to accomplice. And I am here for that journey!

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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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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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Essential!

I had tried audiobooks before, but I had never managed to complete a whole book. There was something about the attention required when listening to audiobooks that didn't work for me. I simply didn't feel "hooked" as I do when I have a book in my hands. This was the first book that captured my undivided attention. And I couldn't stop listening to it. I loved it so much that I really want to buy the printed or kindle version now. If you are interested in Black feminism, this is a must-read.

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If you identify as a feminist this book is 100% necessary reading for you.

As someone who is white and has been very privileged this clues me into how much we as white feminists have forgotten the bipoc community.

Read this book.

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The idea that feminism pushed women of color aside is heartbreaking to face. Mikki Kendall shows us the why and how behind her book title. But she doesn't stop there, which is why this book is so good. She uses her story to outline what we can do, how we can move on from here to make things right. She opened my eyes to the many things that I, as a white woman, need to do to be a better sister to all women. After listening to this book, I will work each day to be better.

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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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Relevant must read!

This is a powerful and relevant book that I enjoyed immensely. It analyzes the state of where black women fit within an movement that in some cases is lead by white women who can’t represent black women.

My favorite chapters deliver very powerful views; Pretty for a Black Girl, Missing and Murdered; Fear and Feminism. She definitely speaks truth in the chapter: Race, Poverty and Racism. “It’s not just black lives that matter black votes matter too.”

I appreciate seeing a perspective of how white voices eclipse black movements and voices due to the fact that white feminists are heard and/or ignore the situations that don’t effect them. This book is not impacted by the pandemic and will be as it always has been an issue that existed before and will continue until change is enacted.

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A must read for all women!

Absolutely amazing read that I highly suggest for all women who identify as being a feminist.

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A must read for white people

We think of ourselves as allies and this book truly puts that to the test. I loved this book and will continue educating myself

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