Definition of womanism in English:



  • [mass noun] A form of feminism that acknowledges women's natural contribution to society (used by some in distinction to the term feminism and its association with white women).

    • ‘It has sometimes been called Marxism, sometimes socialist feminism, sometimes womanism, sometimes materialist feminism, or feminist materialism, and sometimes is implicit in work that bears no theoretical labels.’
    • ‘It's not clear what the difference is between feminism and womanism.’
    • ‘Distinguishing between womanism and feminism, however, has often been a subject of debate.’
    • ‘Collins admonishes: ‘… womanism and Black feminism may have little meaning, especially in the absence of actual social institutions dedicated to investigating Black women's critical social theory.’’
    • ‘My students recently tackled the distinction between the philosophies of feminism and Black womanism.’
    • ‘Using Walker's definition of womanism, at the beginning of In Search of Our Mother's Gardens, Lauret indicates how Hurston serves as a model, as Walker formulates, revises, and offers a critique of the term.’
    • ‘In addition to his nature-based theory, the author blends the traditional roles of women and ideas of hard core feminism into what he terms womanism.’
    the women's movement, the feminist movement, women's liberation, female emancipation, women's rights
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