By bell hooks
"The note "love" is typically outlined as a noun, yet...we could all like to greater if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out struggling with and on hearth in All approximately Love. right here, at her so much provacative and very personel, the popular pupil, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of affection as romance. as a substitute she deals a proactive new ethic for a humans and a society bereft with lovelessness.
As bell hooks makes use of her incisive brain and razor-sharp pen to blow up th query "What is love?" her solutions strike at either the brain and middle. In 13 concise chapters, hooks examines her personal look for emotional connection and society's failure to supply a version for studying to like. Razing the cultural paradigm that the precise love is infused with intercourse and hope, she offers a brand new route to love that's sacred, redemptive, and therapeutic for the participants and for a state. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of many "100 Visionaries Who Can swap Your Life." All approximately Love is a strong confirmation of simply how profoundly she can.
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Extra info for All About Love: New Visions
What we see on te levision today actually, at best, models for us inappropriate beha vior, and in worst-case scenari os, unloving behaviors. A great example of this is a movie like Ho me A lone, which cele brates disobedience an d violence. But television can portray caring, loving famil y interaction . There are whole generations of adults who talk nostalgically about how they wanted their families to be like the ficti ve portraits of family life portrayed on Leave It to Beaver o r My Three Sons.
And he can honestly confess to longing to give and receive love . Being hurt by pa renting adults rarely alters a child's desire to love and be loved by them . Among grown-ups who were wounded in childhood, the desire to be loved by uncaring parents persists, even when the re is a clear acceptance of the reality that this love w ill never be forthcomi ng. Often, children will want to remain with parental caregivers who have hurt them because of thei r cathected feelings for those adu lts . T hey will cling to the misguided assumption that their parents love them even in the face of remembered ab use, usually by denying the abuse and focusing on random acts of care .
To the degree that she trusts her male comp ani on, lying an d other forms of betrayal will mos t likely shatter her se lf-confidence and self-esteem. " While much cultural attention is given to domestic violence and practically everyone agrees it is wrong for men to hit women as a way of subordi nating us, most men use psychological terrorism as a way to subordinate women. This is a socially acceptable form of coercion . And lying is one of the most powerful weapons in this arsenal. When men lie to women, presenting a false self, the terrible price they pay to maintain "power over" us is the loss of their capacity to give and receive Jove .
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