Revolutionary feminist theorist, activist and pop culture critic bell hooks is holding court again at The New School, inviting a few heavy hitters to sit down and dialogue with her about race, class, gender, sexuality, contemporary culture and feminism. We were lucky enough to see her engage with Gloria Steinem and Laverne Cox on two separate evenings, and while the discussions varied, the depth and emotional honesty was always riveting.
After feminism, the common theme (oddly enough) was shoes: bell hooks said that if you can buy shoes together you can do politics together when speaking about Gloria, and in her sit down with Laverne, asked her why she chose to wear sexy, sky high heels, which opened up an important conversation about self-representation and visibility, and how fashionable sexualization of the body is still a hot topic in feminist debate.
Below are a few of our fave bell quotes from both evenings:
“[Feminism] is about friends and sisters and community. It’s about chosen family.”
“It’s a chaotic moment for feminism, globally.”
“Stop seeing The Other as a resource to enhance you..we need hospitality that goes both ways.”
“Radical openness requires discernment and critique.”
And perhaps our favorite, on the importance of women being economically independent:
“Girl, get your money straight so you can say no.”