Quote is from her film Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth, which I live tweeted and you can see those tweets in my Storify: Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth (Film). I love this quote since people immediately associate this with cishet Black male dominance in heterosexual relationships for Black women when she means shrinking herself in general. Not being a full person. She rejects the notion of that submission.
Her early life, writing life, activism, romantic relationships (with multiple genders), pleasures and pains of motherhood (though Rebecca isn’t in the film; I think her perspective on their difficult relationship in adulthood should’ve been there) and her perspectives on life were included. It’s really a poetic and interesting portrait of a remarkable and of course imperfect person, a full human being, a Southern Black American woman. Some of the most difficult areas discussed were how she moved into “fame” after The Color Purple (which is not her only book or first book; just most known) but faced intraracial backlash, her role as an oppressed person in the West but with a Western gaze on FGM and her early warmth but adulthood difficulties with her daughter. And visually? The film is really beautiful. Great mix of iconic images and motion. Music? Some Nina played so it was all good.