Photo of the Day: Janet Mock and bell hooks

bell hooks and Janet Mock

Last night, Janet Mock met bell hooks and the angels sang. Mock wrote on her blog:

Went in with bell hooks about black womanhood, gender policing, trans women of color, desire, self-love and so much more during our intimate conversation at Ohio State University It was organized by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Multicultural Center and titled, “Gender Policing & the Politics of Defining Womanhood.”

Last night, upon our first meeting, I gave bell my book Redefining Realness, and she surprised me at breakfast this AM by having read the entire book. She actually read passages to the audience! It was a transformative experience for both of us, as black women from different generations and experiences to share stories, insights and thoughts.

Our hearts are aflutter.

New Haven, CT

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX.

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  • jhenisis

    This is beautiful! As I edge toward 30 years of age it becomes increasingly clear to me the necessity to put a message of self love and sisterhood out into the world in the most accessible way possible. I want to know and I’m knew to Feministing so forgive me if there is much I have missed: How can we as women who are grateful for each day of life, for what our parents and families did (and didn’t do), for the experiences we’ve had, how can we give concrete examples to our fellow sisters of how they can support their own journeys to accept and value themselves physically, emotionally and spiritually?

    This brief post and the picture you’ve posted screams to me “self love” and “sisterhood”. When I find the imperative out in the media to have “self love” though I struggle to see clear pathways to making that advice concrete. I want to see women greeting one another and saying, “hello” as they pass on the street (so I smile and sometimes I speak). I want to see the narrative about female competitiveness among ourselves flip into a known (if unspoken) girl code of mutual support and admiration for another’s talents. How can we use plain language and make simple gestures that that support our sisters of all colors making life affirming choices that encourage personal growth and knowledge of self before ever entering into conversations of finding a partner or creating a family? Thoughts?

    • jhenisis

      P.S., Janet I know you’ve got the book coming out in February. Please give a teaser here. I look forward to supporting your book and put cash out there in the new year!

  • Kristen

    I had the great privilege of being at this event, and it was amazing. Watching Janet Mock receive some very well deserved words of praise and gratitude from bell hooks – clearly someone she greatly admires – about her words was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Incredibly inspiring. Not to downplay the excellent discussion they had as well, but that one moment stood out to me as watching the passing of feminist leadership between generations through love and sisterhood and critical analysis. So beautiful.