Pioneering feminist author and activist bell hooks are no longer

Well known for her work at the intersection of gender, race and class, Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pseudonym of Bell Hooks, was named one of TIME’s 100 Women of the Year. She has been a champion of women’s issues and an inspiration to many. Disregarding convention, she began to write her name in lowercase and was an inspiration to many who followed suit.

Born in 1952 as Gloria Jean Watkins, Bell Hooks died Wednesday at her Kentucky home. She was 69 years old. Her niece broke the news on Twitter. Her niece, Ebony Motley, wrote that she was surrounded by family and friends. In a statement, Motley said: “The family of Gloria Jean Watkins are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved sister on December 15, 2021. The family honored her request to transition home with family and friends to its ratings.” by loss. The family has not confirmed the cause of death.

Her pen name is taken from her grandmother’s name Bell Blair Hooks. She was raised to notoriety with her book Am I not a woman? Black women and feminism, which was released in 1981.

hooks spoke about the effect of racism and sexism on black women as a general theme in the essay collection with particular emphasis on the civil rights movement and feminist movements of the 1970s. She argues that sexism and racism together contributed to black women having the lowest status in society. Black women had the worst fate in American society during this era. Stereotypes of black women as promiscuous and immoral led to protests whenever black women spoke they didn’t even get the support of white women.

“Throughout the work, my thoughts have been shaped by the belief that feminism must become a mass political movement if it is to have a revolutionary and transformative impact on society,” he adds. wrote.

She argued that the stereotypes that were set during slavery have not yet changed, black women continue to face them. She argued that slavery allowed for the stereotyping of white women as pure virgin goddesses and black women with alluring whores.

During her illustrious career as an author, she has published more than 40 books, including poetry, children’s fiction, memoirs and literary reviews. She has also written on love and romance. From 2004 she started teaching at Berea College and in 2010 the school opened the Bell Hooks Institute at the college.

hooks said, “I’m a lucky writer because every day of my life I practically get a letter, a phone call from someone telling me how my work has changed their life.”

Roxane Gay, who wrote Bad feminist, mourned the loss and said “she rests in power,” in a tweet.

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hooks received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1983. She received her BA from Stanford and in 2018 was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame. His works over the years have become an integral part of many university courses. In the light of Black Life Matters, it has won over a new readership.

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