An Examination of Race, Gender, and Commodity Culture

“In ancient religious practices among so called ‘primitive’ people, the heart of a person may be ripped out and eaten so that one can embody that person’s spirit or special characteristics” (hooks, 31).

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This process is known as “eating the other” and is the crux of bell hooks’s essay, Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance. Eating the Other discusses the insidious culture of racial commodification and the power structures that allow white supremacy to prevail.

Though written in 1992, Eating the Other is still fiercely relevant. Commodity culture is alive and well in contemporary American culture, having been allowed to fester for generations. …

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