Saturday, May 03, 2008

The day feminist icon Alice Walker resigned as my mother

Rebecca Walker, the daughter of Alice Walker, is featured in an article in the Times Online. About feminist ideology she writes:

“People don’t really understand how strong ideology can be,” she says. “I think sometimes of that group and that feminism as being close to a cult. I feel I had to de-programme myself in order to have independent thought. It’s been an ongoing struggle. When you have a cult, you have a cult leader who demands a certain conformity . . . And when you have a celebrity who has cultural-icon status, economic power beyond what you can imagine, you can’t resist that person — if you want to stay in their realm. Because once you start challenging them, they kick you out.”

A very worthwhile read.

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