Womanist words

Words: Heterocetera

Used in a sentence.

“I sat with the three other African women and we exchanged chitchat for 5 1/2 hours about our respective children, about our ex-old men, all very, very heterocetera.” —Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider

Via Gukira

I am not a feminist and there is no BUT

Womanist Musings on why she turned from feminism to womanism

I’m not a feminist (and there is no but), because my life experiences lead me to believe that feminism was not created for women like me. The name of the first feminist hero mentioned by my professor in my first women’s study lecture was Simone de Beauvoir, and the trend of focusing on white women would continue throughout my education. Inclusivity to the women’s studies department that I was a part of meant using the work of bell hooks occasionally. However, she quickly became an additive, thrown in to give the appearance of intersectionality. I would have to scour the library and online journals to learn names like Patricia-Hill Collins, Audre Lorde and the woman who would become my inspiration, Alice Walker. And so I followed indexes and bibliographies, desperate to read journeys that mirrored my own.

It is so important when women like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speak out against homophobia and the dangers for women in the institution of marriage. Here she discusses immigration, marriage and same sex desire in her first book of short stories “This Thing Around Your Neck”.

4 thoughts on “Womanist words”

  1. I have always loved Chima's writing. This gives a much more up close and personal view of her character and ambitions. It makes me want to read all of her “new” stories!

  2. I just finished reading “The Thing Around Your Neck” and I thoroughly recommend you read it.

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