I recently became familiar with this term. I believe it’s important to spread the word. I’m going to research and learn as much as I can. Thanks to the author for such an insightful post.
Photograph of Meigan Medina, “Vibration,” courtesy of Brandon Hicks.
“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender” – Alice Walker.
Alice Walker, a poet and activist, who is mostly known for her award-winning book The Color Purple, coined the term Womanist in her 1983 book In Search of Our Mothers’ Garden: Womanist Prose. Walker defined a womanist as “Womanish, the opposite of girlish…Being grown up…A Black Feminist or Feminist of Color…A woman who loves other women, sexually and/or non-sexually. Appreciates and prefers women’s culture, women’s emotional flexibility (values tears as natural counterbalance of laughter), and women’s strength. Sometimes loves individual men, sexually and/or non-sexually”. The complete text of the definition can be seen here.
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