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"The notice "love" is mainly outlined as a noun, yet...we might all like to larger 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 such a lot provacative and very personel, the well known student, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of affection as romance. as a substitute she bargains 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 center. 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 appropriate love is infused with intercourse and wish, she presents a brand new route to love that's sacred, redemptive, and therapeutic for the participants and for a kingdom. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of many "100 Visionaries Who Can swap Your Life." All approximately Love is a robust confirmation of simply how profoundly she can.

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In early adolescence when we were whipped and told that these punishments were "for our own good " or "I'm doing this because I love you," my siblings and I were confused . Why was harsh punishment a gesture of love? As children do, we pretended to accept this grownup logic; but we knew in our hearts it was not right. We knew it was a lie. " There is nothing that creates more confus ion about love in the minds and hearts of children than I 7 ALL ABOUT LOVE unkind and/or cruel punishment meted out by the grownups they have been taught they should love and respect.

There can be no love without justice . Until we live in a I 9 ALL ABOU T LO V E culture that not only respects but also upholds basic civil rights for children, most children will not know love . In our culture the private family dwell ing is the one institutionalized sphere of power tha t can easily be autocratic and fascisti c. As absolute rulers, parents can usually decide without any intervention what is best for their children. If children's rights are taken away in any domestic household, they have no legal recourse.

Later, with other people, I suggested that had we all been listening to a man tell us that every time his wife or girlfriend does something he does no t like he just clamps down on her flesh, pinching her as hard as he can, everyone would have been appalled. They would have seen the action as both coercive and a busive. Yet they could not acknowledge that it was wrong for an adult to hurt a child in this way. All the parents in that room claim that they are loving. All the people in that room were college educated.

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