Hood Feminism by Mikki Kendall is an interesting collection of essays, as it reminds me of conversations I have with my friends (both in the UK and the US). The discourse regarding the balance of race and gender, as well as our internal colourism are a fine balance when living in the West.
It reminded me of the conversations had when studying bell hooks. And had a US centred approach which is understandable.
Each of the 18 essays were thought provoking, and reminds us that just because we are all women (irrespective of race) it does not mean we experience the patriarchy in the same way. I did like that the book did not just look at the problems, but poses suggestions on how those who consider themselves to be feminists can include Black women when engaging in their discourse in order to make society more equitable.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in feminism in the 21st Century and what it means. We have gone through the various evolutionary stages of feminism and 21st Century feminism does need to be inclusive of the Black feminist, and others who experience intersectional life – whether it is their sexual identity, disability or socioeconomic status.
An important book to read in this era where discussions about race are taking place honestly and openly.
I would recommend it to anyone interested in feminism and intersectionality.
For the Popsugar reading challenge this is my candidate for a book with at least four stars on Goodreads. At the time of writing the review, the book has an average rating of 4.47. I give this a 4.5/ 5.