Fiction/Non Fiction: Non-Fiction
Themes: Love, sexism and the partriacy, childhood and parental bond and capitalism.
One sentence summary: A feminist take on love in all it's forms.
Overview: Hooks looks at how our patriachal society has made men and women learn about love differently, how children learn their loving ways from early family memories and how capitalism spoils our openness to love. If relationships from a femenist lens is your thing, this one is for you.
Having read over the notes I made when I first read this book, I can confirm this is one of my favourite books I've read in a long time. If you've been following me for a little while then you'll already know that feminist equality is one of my main interests and passions. Levelling the playing feild is absolutely something I strive for. That's the same if we're talking about the workplace or relationships and this book certainly covers the latter.
Hooks explains that the result of being in a patriachal soceity has meant that young boys are taught to hide away their feelings and girls are told to be anything but themselves. But that can come from either male role models or the need to please other authority figures. How many times has someone you know acted up infront of the boys?
Other points she touches on are how capitalism does not compute with love, sexist self help books and how love and sex can often get confused. Her writing is a pleasure to read and I guarantee you'll be making notes on this one.
Would I read it again? Without a doubt.
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