I’ve discovered I’m a womanist

I was watching an American comedy yesterday called one on one and heard the word “womanist” used. I thought it was a term to describe a woman interested in empowering other women but it turns out its actually a term used to describe black women… here’s some info I found from


Womanist Theology: Black Women’s Voices by Delores S. Williams

What then is a womanist? Her origins are in the black folk expression “You acting womanish,” meaning, according to Walker, “wanting to know more and in greater depth than is good for one — outrageous audacious, courageous and willful behavior.” A womanist is also “responsible, in charge, serious.” She can walk to Canada and take others with her. She loves, she is committed, she is a universalist by temperament.

Her universality includes loving men and woman, sexually or nonsexually. She loves music, dance, the spirit, food and roundness, struggle, and she loves herself. “Regardless.”

Walker insists that a womanist is also “committed to survival and wholeness of entire people, male and female.” She is no separatist, “except for health.” A womanist is a black feminist or feminist of color. Or as Walker says, “Womanist is to feminist as purple to lavender.”

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