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    Bell hooks is the pen name of Gloria Jean Watkins who is an American author and social activist. The name bell hooks is taken from her maternal great-grandmother known as Bell Blair Hooks. The focus of the bell hooks writing is on gender, class, sexual identity and race. Bell hooks is known for opposition gaze. She has written many articles, appeared in documentary films, and also seen in the public lectures. In Berea, Kentucky bell hooks founded institute at Berea College (2014). The remarkable work of bell hooks such as All About Love: New Visions (1999), Ain’t I a woman? (1981), Teaching to transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (1994), Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope (2003), Reel to Real: Race, Class and sex at the movies (1996) and many more. Bell hooks book called as Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center the book is about feminist theory which was published in 1984 which focuses on the black women, by putting the new definition of feminism like who don’t fight for equality between men and women of the same class, prevention of racism, classism and abuse. Bell hooks has created great impact on feminism by supporting the problems and issues of black women like races. Through bell hooks books may people will change their mindset and focus on the problems of races, abuse and contribute to make it stop by raising their voice against wrong.

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    Jean Watkins or Bell hooks was born on 25 September 1952 and has been a feminist at the intersection, in essence, ever since that time. Her feminist theory is most renowned because she acknowledges that social categories (for example, race, gender, sexual identity, class, etc.) are interconnected and that neglecting their intersection generates oppression against women and changes the experience in society of living as a woman. Black women and feminism examines the consequences of racism and sexism intersection on black women as well as the contribution of sexism to convergence and racialism, which contributed to the lowest status of black women in American society. Her book ‘Ain’t I a woman?’ was a game-changer. The way black women were regarded when it was released in 1981 has entirely altered and is still highly relevant now. Bell hook was one of the feminist intersections, which gave feminism a more inclusive and practical approach to race (and other disadvantaged identities).

    Bell hook has had a major impact on feminism that we today know, and for all of her accomplishments, we shall be ever grateful. Hooks assumed that her pseudonym, her grandmother’s name, honors the legacy of women; she preferred to write it in every small letter, in order to focus instead on her message. From the Mid-1970s, she taught English and ethnic studying at Yale University, from the 1980s, from Oberlin College, from African to Afro-American studies, and from the 1990s to the early 2000s in New York City College. She joined the Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, in 2004. The Institute of Bell Hooks was formed in 2014 in the university. An organization was created in the 1980s, called the Sisters of the Yam, which was later published in 1993 as the title of a book honoring black children. Hooks are still producing a large number of books and publications. She still feels that critical investigation is crucial for the acquisition of autonomy and the downfall of domination systems. The Hooks began to teach at Berea College in 2004 as a distinguished professor at home. She still remains a fascinating feminist theorist and speaks.

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    Gloria Jean Watkins was her real name but she became known and famous by her pen name is bell hooks, bell hook was an activist, and a scholar who examined race, gender, and class, she also studied black women’s and things related, she also formed a support group for the black people which she named as sisters of yam after some years she also used this name to keep the title of her book. Which was being published in the year 1993, bell hooks were also known for the oppositional gaze, it was black men’s were being murdered for just looking at white women, black women were treated very disrespectfully in society she also voiced up for that. She wrote many books which one should must-read. Bell hook’s most famous book is Ain’t I am a woman? Black women and feminism. This book gave feminism an approach. Overall bell hooks make a great impact by standing with the black women and addressing their issues. People start applying her theory about feminism. She also used to teach in universities after graduation is completed. It expresses sexism against black women how white people behave racistly with them. Gloria Jean Watkins needed support from the society but she did not receive the support she always has thought black isn’t a woman then why they are not valued and treated equally. Pen hooks expressed views by writing in her books.

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