Gloria Jean Watkins, or better known by her pen name, Bell Hooks, is an author and social activist who mainly writes about the intersectionality of race, gender, education, and capitalism. She has published over thirty books, appeared in documentary films, and participated in public lectures. What makes her work and writing so fascinating to many people is her ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and class domination. On the other hand, Beyonce is a singer, songwriter, and actress who performs on worldwide tours. As a pop icon, Beyonce also prides herself on being a self proclaimed feminist.


Recently, Bell Hooks has criticized Beyonce saying, “I don’t think you can separate her class power and the wealth, from people’s fascination with her. That here is a young, black woman who is so incredibly wealthy….One could argue, even more than her body, it’s what that body stands for — the body of desire fulfilled, that is wealth, fame, celebrity, all the things that so many people in our culture are lusting for, wanting.” Hooks also went on to say that Beyonce’s influence is anti-feminist and assaulting.


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  1. ddmaoz says:

    I find interesting the idea of bell hooks’ critique that Beyonce is selling her body since it reminded me of hooks’ claim that Beyonce’s Lemonade “does not truly overshadow or change conventional sexist constructions of black female identity.” In response to this, Janet Mock wrote 6 tweets to address how femme feminists are usually dismissed. She calls bell hooks out on femme-phobia and adhering to respectability politics.

    Her response is here:

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