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Queer Writers Mourn the Passing of Trailblazing Writer bell hooks

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This afternoon, the world recieved word that writer, poet, and philosopher bell hooks had passed. At 69, hooks — who penned 1981’s “Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism” along with 1984’s “Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center” and countless other foundational texts of intersectional feminism — remained a vital voice both in academia and in the public mindset at large. She challenged white America’s shallow understanding of race just as she challenged straight culture’s dominance in our society. She expanded the way we think about sex, love, masculinity, race, queerness, and American life, and the world is reeling from her loss.

On Twitter, writers, intellectuals, and queer community members remembered hooks and her impact on their lives in fond terms, all while wishing she hadn’t gone so soon.

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