Dr. bell hooks writes “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In”
Black feminist scholar, cultural critic, and prolific writer Dr. bell hooks is now on social media! A few years ago I attended a feminist program at Colorado College and during the discussion session second-wave feminists were lamenting the dearth of young self-identified feminists.
They were asking “Where are all the young feminists?” Well, of course they are online running blogs like The Feminist Wire, where links to bell hooks twitter account, an interview of the scholar as well as a meaty article, “Dig Deep: Beyond Lean In” critiquing Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In. Many thanks to Dr. bell hooks for publishing her work in this open format.
“Mass media (along with Sandberg) is telling us that by sheer strength of will and staying power, any woman so inclined can work hard and climb the corporate ladder all the way to the top. Shrewdly, Sandberg acknowledges that not all women desire to rise to the top, asserting that she is not judging women who make different choices. However, the real truth is that she is making judgments about the nature of women and work – that is what the book is fundamentally about. Her failure to confront the issue of women acquiring wealth allows her to ignore concrete systemic obstacles most women face inside the workforce. And by not confronting the issue of women and wealth, she need not confront the issue of women and poverty. She need not address the ways extreme class differences make it difficult for there to be a common sisterhood based on shared struggle and solidarity.”- bell hooks