Daughter of “The Color Purple” Author Says Feminism Ruined Her Childhood

Daughter of “The Color Purple” Author Says Feminism Ruined Her Childhood

In 1983, a book called “The Color Purple” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize.  Naturally, its themes of race and feminism and inequality and blah blah blah were touted as being so amazing and awesome and Everything That Is Good.  The movie, which currently has an 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, got similar reviews.  “An inspiring, sentimental tale of survival,” gushed one reviewer.

The author, Alice Walker, is hailed as a trailblazer in the feminist arena.  To read her website, you might think she sees herself as a goddess.

Walker has been an activist all of her adult life, and believes that learning to extend the range of our compassion is activity and work available to all. She is a staunch defender not only of human rights, but of the rights of all living beings. She is one of the world’s most prolific writers, yet tirelessly continues to travel the world to literally stand on the side of the poor, and the economically, spiritually and politically oppressed. She also stands, however, on the side of the revolutionaries, teachers and leaders who seek change and transformation of the world.

Oddly enough, there’s one very conspicuous omission on her entire website—any mention of her daughter, Rebecca, and her grandson Tenzin.  Why would someone who is so interested in “compassion” and the “teachers and leaders who seek change and transformation of the world” never mention that her own daughter is changing the world in her own right by raising a child?  In 2008, Rebecca answered that question with a very blunt piece on how at least in her life, feminism was a royal, shining crock.  Her mother made a point to tell her daughter—even to write about it openly—that she was a mistake, a burden.  Being a mother, to Alice Walker the feminist, was slavery.  Rebecca, who grew up with one of the most well-known feminazis in the world, has a blistering review of the so-called “movement”:

Feminism has betrayed an entire generation of women into childlessness. It is devastating.

But far from taking responsibility for any of this, the leaders of the women’s movement close ranks against anyone who dares to question them  –  as I have learned to my cost. I don’t want to hurt my mother, but I cannot stay silent. I believe feminism is an experiment, and all experiments need to be assessed on their results. Then, when you see huge mistakes have been paid, you need to make alterations.

Judging by Alice Walker’s work, the only alterations being made are adding to her feminist resume.

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