I guess I value holidays way way more these days, because I finished uni and started working… And so I read a book – that hasn’t happened in ages, which is super sad. I usually just read mags or online. This one was by bell hooks and called ‘All about love’. She is an American author, feminist, and social activist. In her writing she’s focusing mainly on intersectionality of race, capitalism, and gender. In ‘All about love’ she criticizes the way in which love is used in today’s society and that it should be used more as a verb than a noun. I found great solace in this book. It is a perfect piece if you’re wondering about how to learn to love and love better. And of course if you care about your partner, family, friends and the community enough that you’re willing to learn how to extend yourself, like in the definition of love hooks uses in the book so often and fondly – “the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth.” Bell hooks strongly clarifies why society needs to adopt a universal definition of love. I totally agree with this. I’m sick of the tired phrase ‘love means something else for everyone.’ I highly recommend this book. It’s so honest and illuminating. I wish more men were interested in these issues and read more feminist literature – especially radical 😀 none of that liberal feminist BS.
Bottom line: I need to borrow more bell hooks books! And so should you!