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Ain't I a Woman

Ain't I a Woman

Black Women and Feminism

bell hooks
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A classic work of feminist scholarship, Ain't I a Woman has become a must-read for all those interested in the nature of black womanhood. Examining the impact of sexism on black women during slavery, the devaluation of black womanhood, black male sexism, racism among feminists, and the black woman's involvement with feminism, hooks attempts to move us beyond racist and sexist assumptions. The result is nothing short of groundbreaking, giving this book a critical place on every feminist scholar's bookshelf.


Table of Contents

  1. Preface to the New Edition  Introduction 
  2. Sexism and the Black Female Slave Experience
  3. Continued Devaluation of Black Womanhood
  4. The Imperialism of Patriarchy
  5. Racism and Feminism: The Issue of Accountability
  6. Black Women and Feminism


A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Feminist Theory, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.


  • Aint I a Woman by bell hooks
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • ISBN-13: 9781138821514
  • Item Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
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