All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks

By bell hooks

"The notice "love" is mainly outlined as a noun, yet...we could all like to higher if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out struggling with and on fireplace in All approximately Love. the following, at her such a lot provacative and very personel, the well known pupil, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of affection as romance. as an alternative 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 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 fitting love is infused with intercourse and hope, she presents a brand new route to love that's sacred, redemptive, and therapeutic for the contributors and for a country. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of many "100 Visionaries Who Can swap Your Life." All approximately Love is a strong confirmation of simply how profoundly she can.

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In their child's minds love is not about what they have to give, love is mos tly something given to them. When children like these are overindulged either materially or by being allowed to act out, this is a form of neglect. These children, though not in any way abused or uncared for, are usually as unclear about love's meaning as their neglected and emotionally abandoned counterparts. Both groups have learned to think about love primarily in relation to good fe elings, in the context of reward and punishment.

V E people ca n have. " Loving justice for themselves and others enables men to break the chokehold of patria rchal masculinity. In the chapter titled "How We Can H ave Better Relationships with the Women in Our Lives," Stoltenberg \'>'rites: "Loving Justice between a man and a woman does not stand a chance when other men's manhood matters more . When a man has decided to love manhood m ore than justice, there are predictable consequences in all his relationships with women . " When men and women are loyal to ourselves and others, when we love justice, we understand full y the myriad ways in which lying diminishes and erodes the possibility of meaningful, caring connection, that it sta nds in the way of love .

The lack of an ongomg public discussion and public policy about the practice of love in our culture and in our lives means that we still look to books as a primary source of guidance and direction. Large numbers of readers embrace Peck's definition of love and are applying it to their lives in ways that are helpful and transformative . We can spread the word by evoking this definition in day-to-day I 2 CLARITY: CIVE LOVE WORDS conversations, not just when we talk to other adults but in our conversations with children and teenagers.

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