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By bell hooks

"The notice "love" is ordinarilly 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 fireplace in All approximately Love. right here, at her so much provacative and extremely 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 middle. 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 the right love is infused with intercourse and hope, 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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Care and affirmation, the opposite of abuse and humilia tion, are the foundation of love. 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.

A lack of sustained love does not mean the absence of care, affection, or pleasure . In fa ct, my long-term rom antic re latio nships, like the bonds in my family, have been so full of ca re that it would be quite easy to overlook the ongoing emotional dysfunction. In order to change the lovelessness in my primary rela tionships, I had to first learn anew the meaning of love and from there learn how to be loving. Embracing a definition 9 ,'\ I. I. ,-\ B 0 U T L 0 V E of love that was clear was the first step in the process.

Embracing a definition 9 ,'\ I. I. ,-\ B 0 U T L 0 V E of love that was clear was the first step in the process. Like many who read The Road Less Traveled again and again, I am grateful to have been given a definition of love that helped me face the places in my life where love was lacking. " It still took years for me to let go of learned patterns of behavior [hat negated my capacity to give and receive love. One pattern that made the practice of love especially difficult was my constantly choosing to be with men who were emotionally wounded, who were not that interested in being loving even though they desired to be loved.

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