What is a Womanist?

“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender” – Alice Walker. WOMANIST  1. From womanish.  (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e., frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.)  A black feminist or feminist of color.  From 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.  Interested in grown-up doings.  Acting grown-up.  Being grown-up.  Interchangeable with another black folk expression: “You trying to be grown."  Responsible.  In charge. Serious. The term Womanist was coined by Alice Walker, a poet,…

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