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VIRTUAL EVENT: Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism
March 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
VIRTUAL EVENT: Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes author Mikki Kendall who will discuss Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot.
There have been many incredible moments and efforts in feminist history, and women all over the world continue to fight to be seen and heard in all the chaos of modern society. However, mainstream feminism has continually failed to recognize some of the most pressing issues facing most women today. In Hood Feminism, Mikki Kendall, the creator of the viral hashtag #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen, calls out the myopia of mainstream white feminism. She argues that women of color and other marginalized people have long been doing the work of fighting for women’s rights.Their personhood and concerns should be regarded with the same—and in some cases even more—urgency as the issues that now dominate feminist rhetoric.
The essays in Hood Feminism draw upon Kendall’s personal experiences while looking at the cultural and political landscape of today’s feminism to shine a light on the issues that marginalized women face, and urges the would-be feminist to embrace a kind of feminism that moves beyond just being an ally to being an accomplice, an advocate, and collaborator.
“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
“My wish is that every white woman who calls herself a feminist (as I do) will read this book in a state of hushed and humble respect. Mikki Kendall is calling out white feminists here—and it’s long overdue that we drop our defenses, listen to her arguments carefully, and then change our entire way of thinking and behaving. As Kendall explains in eloquent and searing simplicity, any feminism that focuses on inequality between men and women without addressing the inequalities BETWEEN women is not only useless, but actually harmful. In the growing public conversation about race, class, status, privilege, and power, this text is essential reading.” —Elizabeth Gilbert