March 7, 2017

All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

By bell hooks

"The be aware "love" is traditionally outlined as a noun, yet...we might all like to higher 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 extremely personel, the well known pupil, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of affection as romance. as an alternative 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 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 appropriate love is infused with intercourse and hope, 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 switch Your Life." All approximately Love is a strong confirmation of simply how profoundly she can.

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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. We desired our families to be like those we saw on the screen because we were witnessing loving parenting, loving households. Expressing to parents our desire to have families like the ones we saw on the screen, we were often told that the families were not realistic.

Usually, it requires some therapeutic intervention, whether through literature that teaches and enlightens us or therapy, before many of us can even begin to critically examine childhood experiences and acknowledge the ways in which they have had an impact on our adult behavior. Most of us find it difficult to accept a definition of love 8 C L A R 1 T Y: C; 1 V E L 0 V E W () R 0 S that says we are never loved in a context where there is abuse. M ost psychologically and/or ph ys ically abused chil dren have been taught by parenting adults that love can coexist with a bu se.

In his essay "When My Father Hit Me," Bob Shelby describes the pain of repeated beatings by his dad, stating: "From these experiences with my father, I learned about the abuse of power. By physically hitting my mother and me, he effectively stopped us from reacting to his humiliation of us. " Throughout his essay Shelby expresses contradictory understan dings about the meaning of love. On the one hand, he says: "I have no doubt that my father loved me, but his love became misdirected. " On the other hand, Shelby confesses : 2 2 JUSTICE: CHILDHOOD LOV!

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