Intro to Women's Studies 2010

etsu: 2011-2014

Romance: Sweet Love/ Bell Hooks

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In “Romance: Sweet Love,” Hooks addresses the faults that most people share when thinking of true love.  She talks about how many people create a false self that others fall in love with, and because of this the relationship doesn’t last long. Hooks also states that “few of us enter romantic relationships able to receive love,” and that we aren’t “ready to open our hearts fully.” She also says that instead of “falling in love” we should go into a relationship with intention and will. Another thing Hooks points out is that “erotic attraction…is not a sign of love.” Though this can be important, a perfect passion does not mean it’s a perfect love.

One thing that I really admired about this article is Hooks’s insights on “falling in love.” She says, “If you do not know what you feel, then it is difficult to choose love; it is better to fall. Then you do not have to be responsible for your actions.” I like this comment because I feel like it describes perfectly what happens to people all the time. Someone may think that they love someone, but instead of taking effort to really know, they choose “to fall.” The fact is choosing to love someone may be a little bit scarier than “falling”, but choosing gives you a better chance of finding true love rather than a temporary partner.


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