Alice Bailey

Womanism, Black Feminism and Race In Feminist Discourse (Updated)

Back in May I posted an essay list with some of my essays specifically on womanism, Black feminism and race in feminist discourse, though just about anything I write is shaped by a womanist lens and an intersectional world view/experiences. I’ve since written more essays within this theme, so here’s an updated essay list. 

Essays:

  1. My Feminism Is…
  2. On The Word “Womanist” Being “Made Up”
  3. Who Can Be A Womanist?
  4. On Womanism and Greater Inclusivity In The Margins…
  5. The Impact Of White Privilege On Womanism
  6. Respectability Politics ≠ Womanism/Black Feminism
  7. Attempts To Silence Womanist/Feminist Writers
  8. Music As A Source Of Womanist Scholarship
  9. What The 20-Year-Old Tupac Song “Keep Ya Head Up” Means To Me As A Womanist
  10. Goodie Mob’s Song “Understanding” Takes A More Nuanced Approach To “The Other Woman”
  11. A Note To Some Feminist Black Men: Though bell hooks Is Exquisite, There’s More To Black Feminism Than bell hooks
  12. On Black Men Who Use The Words Of Angela, Assata or Audre To Silence Other Black Women
  13. Fresh Outta Trophies To Give To Feminist Black Men
  14. Callousness and Betrayal By Yet Another “Feminist” Black Man…
  15. A Black Man Asked “Whose ‘Side’ Are Black Women On?”
  16. Examining The Claim of White Women’s Oppression By Black Men With “First” Or “More” Rights
  17. Patriarchal and White Supremacist Feminist Binaries That Oppress Black Women
  18. The Idea of Feminism Isn’t The Problem; The Current Manifestation Of “Mainstream Feminism” Is
  19. On Feminist “Branding” and Consumption
  20. Feminisms; Plural…
  21. Exploitation of Black Women’s Labor…In The Name of Feminism or Justice? Please.
  22. How EVERYONE Works Together To Silence Women of Colour’s Critiques of Mainstream Feminism
  23. On Hugo Schwyzer, White Supremacist Mainstream Feminism and Its Abuse of Women of Colour
  24. Feminism Is Already Valid; It Doesn’t Need Celebrity Approval
  25. What’s Really Going On With White Feminists’ Critiques of Beyoncé?
  26. White Feminists Who Think Of Michelle Obama’s Identity As An Assault On Their Own Identities
  27. So Lena Dunham Is Your Pathway To Feminism? Ha. 
  28. Race and The Attention Wars Amidst Feminist Discourse
  29. The Predictable Cycle of White Liberal “Humor” At Black Women’s Expense
  30. The Academe Was My Introduction To White Supremacist Feminism
  31. Black Women Are Not Just White Women’s “Allies” In Feminism
  32. Black Women Do Not Have To Reject Any Mention Of Beauty To Be Womanist/Feminist
  33. I Don’t Have To Like What White Women Like: Pop Culture and Feminism
  34. "You’re A…Feminist Blogger?"
  35. I Am STILL HERE For Feminism
  36. 7 Attacks On Feminism
  37. I Don’t Like The Word “Unfeminist”

Answers to Asks/Tweet-Related Posts:

  1. sex work, sex positive feminism and inclusion of sex worker feminism in womanism [X]
  2. White feminists patting themselves on the back for *finally* recognizing Black women’s humanity [X]
  3. solidarity with non-Black women of colour [X] [X] [X] [X]
  4. word origins: womanism, intersectionality, matrix of domination, misogynoir [X]
  5. some celebrity Black women with womanist politics [X]
  6. racist language in White feminist propaganda [X]
  7. writing Black characters and on being an ally [X]
  8. educating others on racism and safety as a Black woman [X] [X]

Of course like any other womanist/Black feminist, my thoughts on feminism and all anti-oppression theory, politics and praxis change (and hopefully evolve) over time, so as I progress I will certainly expand on certain ideas and some have evolved even since I’ve written some of these posts, as some are older than others. 

As far as basic questions that examine the similarities and differences between womanism and feminism, see the first several posts in this essay list and also these quotes and my notes: [X] [X] [X] [X] [X] [X] [X]. 

Related Essay Lists: On Beauty Politics, The Politics of Respectability, On Race, On Race II, On Race IIIBlack Men and Patriarchy, Intraracial Sexism and Misogynoir

“We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.”

-Alan Watts

Do we as humans want to allow other entities more dominance in our realm? Is that the agenda? Is it possible that our limitations as humans are often a blessing? …a boundary from these other-worldly beings who seem to envy our “physical” reality.

Humans have an imperfect, but often beautiful gift of life. Its so beautiful, that these other creatures want to be a part of it. I don’t want to fail to question their motives and to consider the countless lies that have been “prophesied” through channelers and mediums of the past.

Spirits lie and manipulate from the most famous magicians (i.e. John Dee & Edward Kelley ) to the amateur spiritualist. Those who open themselves to these realms are gambling their minds to potentially malicious, powerful forces. Question everything… and count your blessings.

An admission from Manly P. Hall that subjection to the secret teachings don’t always reveal illumination, but can unleash haunting forces : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3WiuG6uTJQ

—from the work of Djwhal Khul and Alice Bailey—

This is a great mantra for light workers. Absorbing its energy through repetition will deepen your love for all and self. It will also improve your ability to guide and heal others in need.