from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having or expressing a belief in or respect for women and their talents and abilities beyond the boundaries of race and class: "Womanist ... tradition assumes, because of our experiences during slavery, that black women already are capable” ( Alice Walker).
- n. One whose beliefs or actions are informed by womanist ideals.
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- adj. Relating to or in accordance with womanism.
- n. One whose beliefs accord with womanism.
This attitude pisses many black feminists off, and has resulted in the refusal for some to use the feminist and instead adopt the term womanist which is designed to more inclusive.
When we look at labels to describe activism by women we commonly use the term womanist, or feminist.
The writer Alice Walker, one of Steinem’s closest friends, coined the term womanist as an alternative for women of color in search of a way to indicate that their feminist perspectives and goals were more expansive than the word had come to suggest.
1 It is my understanding that you identify as a womanist, what lead you to your click moment?
It is important to me to identify as a womanist because it means a greater devotion to causes that effect women of color like myself.
While I cannot say that someone cannot and should not identify as a womanist, I would ask that they consider why such an action is necessary.
3 How would you say that womanism differs from feminism and why is it important to you to identify as a womanist rather than a feminist?
1 It is my understanding that you don't identify as a womanist or feminist, would you share with us some of your reservations for not owning either label?
As a result, many Christian lesbians in the "womanist" Christian discourse have responded either by engaging in the debate without disclosing their sexual identities or by opting not to engage in it at all.
Although Walker's definition includes lesbians as "womanist," lesbian voices in the "womanist" Christian discourse as well as their contributions to African-American women's religious histories have been suppressed.
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