Over the last decade we’ve seen the feminist movement grow as more and more women began to take their lives into their own hands. Black women began to debunk the stories and advice of their grandmothers and decided what they wanted to apply and what was going in the garbage. The feminist movement is documented to have started in 1848 by a white woman and her colleagues looking for equal rights in the workplace and the need to be considered in political policies. The world has seen many faces and challenges of the movement but many black women have decided they no longer identify with feminism as a movement. As their challenges are a bit different from those the movement was started for.
For me, The LGBT+ community has given the feminist movement a strange taste. I voted for equal rights in love and still believe that gay people should be able to wed if they choose to. But once they were ”let in” it seemed they wanted more and more. Asking women who were born women to classify using general pronouns such as They and Them, was the last straw for me. You can do what you want with your life and body but I’m not changing my pronouns to make you feel like more of a woman, because it won’t. If you believe what you’re saying then my participation won’t make or break your journey. This made me feel attacked in my own right as a natural woman. T. Jackson, 31 New Orleans, LA
Although, I do understand the feminists and I can’t ignore all of the work they’ve put in for women, I think the messaging has been inconsistent. Because of this, I think our black men have gotten the wrong idea. These day’s we hear our men on podcasts, social media or wherever they have a voice speaking down on black women. Making statements about what they think we deserve and are worthy of. And it’s because of the idea of the “feminine image” is to care for the man and his children only. To tippy-toe around his ego. Now that women have outgrown that image our men find us to be rebellious. This is the work of society and messaging of the feminist movement. I can’t stone the advocators but I can’t help but feel the mission wasn’t thought through. B. Frankly, 37 New Orleans, LA
I have yet to consider the womanist movement, but it sounds like a better place to advocate. The feminist movement made women think that being equal to men was the answer. Why would women want to be equal to a body of people that they’re better than? Now, women want to do what they want do. ‘Doing whatever I feel like’ is trending now and it’s teaching a lack of accountability. Yes, you can do what you want, but every action has a reaction and every cause has an effect. It seems the womanist movement is more black, more developed and hold you accountable to being your best self. Not acting like a man or trying to be equal to him. O. CHELSEA, 35 New Orleans, LA
The theory of sex has been the biggest difference in the two movements. Women have this ”if you can’t beat them, join them” attitude when approaching relations with men. I love being pleased and love hearing it expressed in rap songs but it’s more than pleasure. We’re teaching young women to have multiple sexual partners in circulation. Everyone wants to be liberated in this way but no one talks about the health risks it imposes on women. As a health care professional, I see it all the time. I hate to imagine what this does to a women emotionally and spiritually. So many signs telling us that the vagina was meant for monogamy but doctors won’t say it. A. Arsemineaux, 32 Lafayette, LA
As a mixed race woman with a white mom, I would say that feminism seems to be more for white women, rather than women as a whole. My mom was apart of a feminist group in the early 80’s, maybe because she was living a Hippy’s lifestyle. I saw from pictures, the group was filled with white women who were in love with black men. I learned, these women were far removed from their lovers daily struggles. They seemed to be more of a fantasy for black men and an escape from reality, or even away to take their oppression out physically without getting locked up. Even today, these women are happy about what they’ve done. Which was basically run wild and break rules in the name of feminism. I don’t agree with the movement and don’t believe that white women have the same struggles as black women. So, how can we share this movement? R. Risean, 27 Ontario,CA
Feminism vs. Womanism, where do you stand?