bell hooks, On Love

“…patriarchy, like any colonizing system, does not create the context for women and men to love one another…love between females and males could emerge only in a context where the sexes would come together to challenge and change patriarchal thought. To continue to speak of love, we would have had to break through the wall of denial that seduces us all to accept subordination and domination as natural facts of everyday life. We would be telling everyone, especially the men in our lives, again and again that domination and love do not go together, that if one is present, the other is not. We would not have allowed our fathers, brothers, male comrades, or lovers to continue to believe they love us when they hurt us again and again. Men do not wound women only when they act violently and abusively. They wound us when they fail to protect our freedom in every aspect of our daily lives.

–bell hooks, Communion: The Female Search for Love

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~ by misswretched on September 9, 2008.

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