Both philosophers, bell hooks and Frantz Fanon, address the problem of equality. In Feminism is for Everybody, hooks defines feminism as a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. Hooks begins by stating feminism is for everybody (2000) and that it is an attempt to end sexism though reform feminism. In “Racism and Culture,” Fanon investigates whether ending racism is due to cultural relativity. In the book by Gloria Anzaldua Borderlands/La Frontera, she describes the personal struggles she faced through her insecurities relative to the society that exists today. In agreement, Fanon believes racism can be eliminated once the idea of superiority is rejected amongst people. This paper investigates both views of the…show more content…
“Reformist feminism became their route to class mobility… while sexism did not end, they could maximize their freedom within the existing system” (Hooks, 5). It is seen through reform feminists that women are trying take the role of men in terms of hierarchy by trying to move up in terms of class. For example, working in the Federal Bureau of Investigation is portrayed such that women are secretaries and men are the ones leading investigations out in the field especially on television. Broadcasting this ideology is partially to blame for the existence of sexism. Consequently, reform feminism is subjected towards gender equality seen as a classification.
Fanon believes that there are three stages to racism and culture. One of these stages include people having no culture through the justification of slavery. “Racism, as we have seen, is only one element of a vaster whole: that of the systematized oppression of a people” (Fanon, 3). Slavery is a form of ownership where a person known as a slave is controlled and forced to work. This is a historical example of the oppressed that are taken advantage of and used due to the fact that they are labeled as property. Racism is something that can be eliminated once the notion that superiority exists amongst people is rejected.
There are many similarities between Hooks and Fanon in terms of eliminating sexism and oppression in its entirety. Hooks and Fanon both agree that