I have something to say about bell hooks On The State Of Feminism And How To Move Forward Under Trump: BUST Interview

Writer and activist bell hooks helps us process the post-election state of feminism, and tells us how to move forward in the era of Trump…

Source: bell hooks On The State Of Feminism And How To Move Forward Under Trump: BUST Interview

 

I absolutely adore bell hooks, but this article is bullshit. Not only does it rob you of the plan on how to move forward as the title indicates, but it offers up a sentence or two on the matter, which isn’t enough to support the title choice. Then to add insult to injury she said Bernie Sanders doesn’t offer up any feminist politics, which is not true at all and she states Bill Clinton and Barack Obama are acceptable to feminists because “they’re the patriarchal men we can love.” I’m sorry to say, but this is all sorts of wrong. Bill Clinton is a sexist pig who may or may not have learned from his abuse of power over a female intern, but he is fundamentally still a sexist pig. Barack is an incredibly supportive man of feminist policies and that is what makes him a patriarchal man we can love, but he too still didn’t do enough to protect us from men like Trump who would inevitably follow him, because Hillary Clinton was NOT the right woman to be our first female president. End of story.

Hillary not getting elected had several fundamental steps that went into her not getting elected and that is not what this post is about, but in relation to this post she just wasn’t the right woman for the job. If another woman who was great for the position but not plagued by a long history of corruption and deception had come forward there is no way Trump could have won despite her losing votes simply for being a woman and any meddling Putin would have done. That is a fact, not an opinion. She just wasn’t the right woman, not because she wasn’t not because she was a she. End of story.

Feminist icons like Angela Davis, bell hooks, Gloria Steinham, and so many others have been the pillars to my adult life’s outlook on my gender and the world. It is incredibly upsetting to read these women’s point of views on the subject of Hillary Clinton because I feel like they have all along supported any woman regardless of who she is, she needs to rise to the tops of positions just to break the ceiling and quality doesn’t matter. This is heartbreaking. That is not how I interpreted what they have been saying all these years. That is not how I want to see the world. I want a woman to rise because she earned it, is qualified, is honest, and has the ideology of feminism at her core: equality for all. I don’t want a Betsey DeVos to rise to the top because she has a vagina. I don’t want Sarah Palin to rise to the top because she has a vagina. I don’t want… oh wait, they didn’t support those women. Oh, I get it now….it is only women that appear and sound supportive of women’s rights that can rise to the top regardless of how they treat other women and men in their careers. That is Hillary Clinton. She talks a good talk. She walks a good walk. She says and performs all the right things in the eyes of feminism, but behind closed doors she tells an all white, male, rich audience what they want to hear and she tells her black audiences that she keeps hot sauce in her purse, and she tells her all-male audiences she will bring them back their jobs and dignity, and she tells women she will fight for their place in the world despite her stepping on many to get where she is now.

I want a woman to rise because she earned it, is qualified, is honest, and has the ideology of feminism at her core: equality for all. I don’t want a Betsey DeVos to rise to the top because she has a vagina. I don’t want Sarah Palin to rise to the top because she has a vagina. I don’t want… oh wait, they didn’t support those women. Oh, I get it now….it is only women that appear and sound supportive of women’s rights that can rise to the top regardless of how they treat other women and men in their careers. That is Hillary Clinton. She talks a good talk. She walks a good walk. She says and performs all the right things in the eyes of feminism, but behind closed doors she tells an all white, male, rich audience what they want to hear and she tells her black audiences that she keeps hot sauce in her purse, and she tells her all-male audiences in coal country she will bring them back their jobs and dignity, and she tells women she will fight for their place in the world despite her stepping on many to get where she is now. She is not DeVos. She is not Palin. She is groomed. A great performance in theater does not make for a great president and to pretend like it does is infuriating. To pretend like it does and to pretend like that is not really the reason she isn’t president right now is beyond reprehensible. End of story.

bell hooks is wrong and it kills me to say this and Bust Magazine who I also equally love and subscribe to is also wrong. This article panders to one sentence and builds a whole article around it. This article is beneath the scope of what Bust usually writes and undermines their quality and position in feminist education. This article is an insult. End of story.

 

I suggest any and all of you go through Bust Magazines back catalog and read what has been said of importance and just skip this recent issue. It is just too insulting.

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