To Be a Millstone

 Posted by on 26 May 2008 at 6:55 am  Feminism
May 262008

Rebecca Walker describes the damage of growing up as the daughter of famous feminist Alice Walker:

My mother’s feminist principles coloured every aspect of my life. As a little girl, I wasn’t even allowed to play with dolls or stuffed toys in case they brought out a maternal instinct. It was drummed into me that being a mother, raising children and running a home were a form of slavery. Having a career, travelling the world and being independent were what really mattered according to her.

I love my mother very much, but I haven’t seen her or spoken to her since I became pregnant. She has never seen my son — her only grandchild. My crime? Daring to question her ideology.

By that, she means that she voluntarily became a mother. Happily, Ms. Walker seems to have made a very good life for herself, despite her unenviable upbringing.

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