By bell hooks
"The observe "love" is commonly outlined as a noun, yet...we might all like to larger if we used it as a verb," writes bell hooks as she comes out scuffling with and on hearth in All approximately Love. the following, at her so much provacative and very personel, the popular student, cultural critic, and feminist skewers our view of affection as romance. instead she deals a proactive new ethic for a humans and a society bereft with lovelessness.
As bell hooks makes use of her incisive brain and razor-sharp pen to blow up th query "What is love?" her solutions strike at either the brain and center. In 13 concise chapters, hooks examines her personal look for emotional connection and society's failure to supply a version for studying to like. Razing the cultural paradigm that definitely the right love is infused with intercourse and wish, she offers a brand new route to love that's sacred, redemptive, and therapeutic for the participants and for a country. The Utne Reader declared bell hooks one of many "100 Visionaries Who Can switch Your Life." All approximately Love is a robust confirmation of simply how profoundly she can.
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When we understand love as the will to nurture our own and another's spiritual growth, it becomes clear that we cannot claim to love if we are hurtful and abusive. Love and abuse cannot coexist. Abuse and neglect are, by definition, the opposites of nurturance and care. Often we hear of a man who beats his children and wife and then goes to the corner bar and passionately proclaims how much he loves them. If you talk to the wife on a good day, she may also insist he loves her, despite his violence .
No one can rightfully claim to be loving when behaving abusively. Yet parents do this all the time in our culture. Children are told that they are loved even though they are being abused. It is a testimony to the failure of loving practice that abuse is happening in the first place. Many of the men who offer their personal testimony in Boyhood, Growing Up Male tell stories of random violent abuse by parents that inflicted trauma. In his essay "When My Father Hit Me," Bob Shelby describes the pain of repeated beatings by his dad, stating: "From these experiences with my father, I learned about the abuse of power.
Wheth" our homes are happy or troubled, our families functional or dysfunctional, it's the original school of love . I cannot remember ever wanting to ask my parents to define love. To my child's mind love was the good feeling you got when family treated you like you mattered and you treated them like they mattered. Love was always and only about good feeling. In early adolescence when we were whipped and told that these punishments were "for our own good " or "I'm doing this because I love you," my siblings and I were confused .