Friday, July 8, 2011
Watch for the hook: Feminism Friday
“We often are in a cultural context that defines freedom solely in terms of learning the oppressor’s language.” -bell hooks
When Steve Harvey's, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, dropped, I didn't need to read it, to know what I thought about it. But ,nonetheless, I subjected myself to the torture. The title is a command, which in itself, provides the basis of my objection to his premise as a whole.
If what you’re looking for in life is a benevolent dictator, then I guess, Steve Harvey's book is the manual on how to obtain him.
My animus toward this book,( matched only by my hatred of Catherine Stockett's, "The Help") was ressurected by two articles written by kindred spirit, MK Stallings. These two articles expressed a sentiment near and dear to my heart.
If bitches really want to get their shit together, than they should put down the Steve Harvey and pick up some bell hooks.
That's real shit for your ass.
Those that dismiss hooks as kicking theory and embrace Harvey as kicking practice, should bow, as instructed by Stallings, to the words of one of the first black fememists, Sojourner Truth.
“Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.”
So in the spirit of Ms Sojourner Truth, let’s reconsider...
What do women need to do, in order to be better off? Listen to Steve Harvey, be ladylike and think like men?
Of course not, or to use some very unladylike language,
Check out Alice Walker (author of The Color Purple) reading Sojourner Truth's, Ain't I a Woman, speech given in 1851. Our people been fearless...
Lagniappe: A lil taste of ms. hooks