Monday, April 21, 2008

Womanist Manifesto

Womanist is a term coined by Alice Walker. I have chosen it as the title for my blog, as it aptly describes not only my political beliefs, but the essence of who I aspire to be. Walker defines womanist as, "the black folk expression of mothers to female children, 'You acting womanish,' i.e. like a woman … usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous, or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than is considered 'good' for one … [A womanist is also] a woman who loves other women sexually and/or nonsexually. Appreciates and prefers women's culture … and women's strength … committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female. Not a separatist … Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender."
I will dedicate this blog to telling my truth, and as much as possible the truth of other women of color. Our voices are often silent marginalized whispers in the sea of oppression. Our bodies have historically been sexualized, abused, and broken by the hydra of imperialism, patriarchy and femicide. Our souls desperately wanting to soar have been made earthbound, and depleted through ignorance and hate. This blog will be my testimony to those that have sought to create me as 'other' and somehow deficient. I exist, I am real, here on the corporeal plane. Though my journey has left me battered, I am as of yet undefeated. When I have cried out to the moon resistance in anguish from injury due to sexism, racism has risen its ugly head. When I longed to see my worth acknowledged, nourished and valued in the heat of the noon day sun, sexism has risen to re stake its claim upon me. Constantly assailed by monsters who refuse to be subdued, I have engaged in battle, with the earth as my shield and my soul sufficing for a sword. My story is not unique, It is like a grain of sand in the hourglass of time. My ancestors know my song, for it is the lament of many who bear the burden and the joy of existing as black and female in this world. I am more than a victim of racism and sexism. I am the hopes and dreams of my fore mothers. In their name I engage in battle, and in their name I declare myself a WOMANIST.


KevBurnsJr said...

Cheers :)

Andie said...

Wonderful! You have a beautiful way of writing, Renee. I look forward to reading more in the future! ~Andie ;}

Andie said...

Wonderful! You have a fantastic way of writing, Renee. I look forward to reading more of your journey forward.

RuthMH said...

Bravo Renee, Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Powerful, wonderful WOMANFUL writing. Your lyrical expression of an ugly reality for many should reach all who read.

ouyangdan said...

wonderful start!

i am looking forward to seeing more!

September Sui said...

Thank you for adding your voice to the crowd!

pocochina said...

I just realized I should have asked permission first, but I found you via Feministe and promptly directed my (admittedly small in number) readers here, I hope you don't mind. I'm looking forward to reading more from you!


Scott said...

Not at all, thanks for the shout out!

Renee said...

Thanks for the shout out!

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