ANTH 3240 Lecture Notes - Bell Hooks

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Defines love as the will to extend one"s self for the purpose of nurturing one"s own or another"s spiritual growth . Does not want people to think of love solely in the romantic sense. Treats it as a spiritual and revolutionary act. The idea of love in society is largely fabricated and propagated by mass media. This leads to oppression and the use of aggression. Hooks believes that love can be used to overcome racism and sexism. Ethics of caring: a sense of empathy for oneself and others, taking action to help others. Action is the only way that change can be attained. Love of education (celie learns how to read and write from her sister, who is more educated then herself) Nettie shows celie that others are feeling the same experiences that she is, and that it is not an individual occurrence (adds context and history to the life and experiences of her sister)

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