We are indeed living in an age when women and men are more likely to long for power than they are to long for love. We can all speak of our longing for power. Our longing for love must be kept secret. To give voice to such longing is to be counted among the weak, the soft…Right now we are fast becoming a nation where no one values love, one where women eschew the politics of love for the politics of power…It has not been difficult to show women the ways in which their continued allegiance to patriarchal thinking hurts them and other women. It has been hard to inspire them to give up that allegiance when it provides them common ground on which to meet and bond with men…Love is a combination of care, commitment, knowledge, responsibility, respect, and trust.

– Communion, bell hooks –