When Feminism Goes Wrong: The Creation of Africana Womanism
This paper outlines the formation and general theories of Africana Womanism and then examines its failings from the Black feminist viewpoint.
# 153879 | 2,496 words | 0 sources | APA | 2013 |
Published on Jun 02, 2014 in African-American Studies (Gender) , Women Studies (Feminism) , Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies)
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This paper outlines the formation of Africana Womanism, founded by Clenora Hudson-Weems, who had found existing movements dealing with women's issues lacking an understanding and focus on the specific issues of African-American women. The history of white feminism makes it unfit to represent a Black woman's needs. The Africana womanist theory is outlined, then dissected for its shortcomings from a Black feminist point of view.
From the Paper:"This emphasis on intellectual independence is exemplified in Africana womanism's stance on social justice. Unlike other forms of gender-based ideologies, gender is not the primary focus of the movement. It asserts that race, then class, are more urgent sources of oppression for Black women before gender, thus the issues should be dealt with accordingly. This focus on race stems from Sojourner Truth's speech "And Aren't I a Woman," given at a mostly white women's convention in 1951, which addresses the discrimination she had experienced there. She comments on the privilege of white women, who receive special treatment that she had never been afforded as a Black woman. White women profit from white supremacy in a number of ways that they refuse to acknowledge. She challenges the idea that for one to be considered a true woman, she must be white, and asks her audience to acknowledge her own femininity (Hudson-Weems, 2007). The choice of the term "womanism" is a reference to her infamous challenge. Hudson-Weems also asserts that the term "womanism" is simply more appropriate than "feminism" due to the fact that only a female of the human race can be a woman, whereas female can signify a member of any species (Hudson-Weems, 1993)."
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