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Notes on the Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist (Heteronormative Ableist Theistic) Patriarchy

public domain image of Dr. bell hooks speaking
Dr. bell hooks speaking

Often in my lectures when I use the phrase ‘Imperialist White Supremacist Capitalist Patriarchy’ to describe our nation’s [the United States] political system, audiences laugh. No one has ever explained why accurately naming this system is funny. The laughter is a weapon of patriarchal terrorism.

The power of the concept lies in hooks’s theory that all forms of oppression are systemic, all are interlocking, and all are built upon patriarchy.

After having used hooks’s terminology in my classes and in my writing for years, I began to feel that the phrase was missing something.

Consider the continued opposition to a woman’s right to choose: Abortion.

While writing this piece, I’m considering another change.

I highly recommend exploring the wonderful mind that is Dr. bell hooks.



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