Womanism and the Absence of Explicit Black Buddhist Lesbian—Black Christian Straight Interdependence in Foundational Womanist Theological Scholarship

  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde
Part of the Black Religion/Womanist Thought/Social Justice book series (BRWT)


Womanism is a word coined by Buddhist practitioner and sexually fluid writer Alice Walker. Ironically, womanist theology evolved over the decades without reliance on Buddhist thought and without reliance on African-American lesbian epistemologies. Consequently, Walker’s four-part womanist definition was split off from her original coinage in her short story “Coming Apart.” The consequence of this split led to a womanist theology that was overwhelmingly Christian and virtually heterosexual. Womanism suffered, ironically, from a split while simultaneously espousing a commitment to “the survival and wholeness of entire people.”


Womanism Interdependence Alice Walker Audre Lorde 

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  • Pamela Ayo Yetunde
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  1. 1.United Theological Seminary of the Twin CitiesNew BrightonUSA

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