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All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

By bell hooks

"The observe "love" is in general 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 combating and on fireplace 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. instead she deals 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 definitely the right love is infused with intercourse and hope, she offers a brand new route to love that's sacred, redemptive, and therapeutic for the members 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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Sometimes children are fascinated by lying because they see the power it gives them over adults. Imagine : A little girl goes to school and tells her teacher she is adopted, knowing all the while that this is not true. She revels in the attention received, both the sympathy and the understanding offered as well as the frustrati on and anger of her parents when the teacher calls to talk about this newly discovered info rmation . A friend of mine who lies a lot 3 5 ALL AllOUT LOVE tells me she loves fooling people and making them act on knowledge that only she knows is untrue; she is ten years old.

In such a situation it sho uld he appropriate to si mply decl ine if stating one's reasons for declining might unn ecessari ly hurt someone. Lots of people learn how to lie in childhood. Usua lly they begin to lie to avoid pun ishment or to avoid disappoi nting or hurti ng an adult. Hmv many of us can vividly reca ll childhood moments where we co urageously practiced th e honesty we had been taught to value by our parents, only to find that they did not really mean for us to tell the truth all the time .

Studies show that males and fem ales who are violently humil iated and abused repeatedly, with no caring intervention, are likely to be dysfunctional and will 2 3 ,\ I I. -\ II () LI T I U V I· be predisposed to ab use othe rs vio lently. In Jarvis Ja y Maste rs 's book Finding Freedom: Writings (rom Death Row, a chapter called "Scars" recounts hi s recognition that a vast majority of the scars covering the bodies of fellow inmates (not all of whom were on death row) were not, as one might think, the res ul t of violent adult interactions.

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