Why I Choose To Be A Spicie Woman

Why I Choose To Be A Spicie Woman

By Anise Smith

I will start by saying that I never used to consider myself a feminist, only a black woman trying to make her way in a tough world. What made me focus on the ideology of feminism is that I am both a woman and black, which is twice as hard as being just one or the other in my opinion. Not that I’ve known any different, bu having to deal with stereotypical views of how people view black people AND how people view women seems as if it would be a little easier if there was only one narrow view to battle.

 

As a black woman I must fight the constant stereotypical perception that all black women are Ghetto black chicks with 9 kids, that they are all uneducated, welfare recipients or the evil backstabbing corporate black chick. None of which are a positive or accurate depiction of black women. In addition to fighting that battle, I must also fight the battle of being a woman. So if you look at both of these things, how can I NOT be a feminist? ALL BLACK women should be feminist based on this alone.

 

I was raised in a household in the 60’s that bucked every typical stereotypical view of what black was all about. My father was a dad, not just a seed dropper as a lot of black men are portrayed. To continue to buck the stereotypical view of the black man, he stepped his game up when my mother decided that she didn’t want to be the mother of a 1-year-old boy and a 3-month-old girl. At 24 my father dropped out of college that he was attending at night after a few years in the military. He took on being a father and allowed an absentee mother to venture on.

 

Little did I know this child of an absentee mother would start on the path to feminism. Being raised by a father in the late 60’s early 70’s in the civil rights era molded me into who I am now. This was the beginning of my journey in finding who I am as a black woman.

 

Anise Smith All Rights ReservedMy father taught me to be strong, self-reliant and financially independent. He also instilled in me a need to always be in a position to be dependent upon myself and that I should NEVER depend on a man for financial stability. He felt that as a man he could instill this in me because he was a man, and who better to show his daughter?

 

My father encouraged home ownership, so I bought my first home at 24 and my 2nd 5 years later. He enforced the importance of education and expressed how education was the key to not allowing two hurdles to jump (being a woman and black ) to stop me from accomplishing my goals. He instilled in me that education was the key and the only way that I had even the slightest chance in this world as a black woman.

 

Although my father was my first and most influential encouragement for being a strong independent feminist black woman, the things that have fueled the fire over the past few years have been the men that continue to view me as beneath them because I have boobs and because I’m brown. The same men that view me as the black uneducated project dwelling, multiple baby having by different baby daddies having trash bucket.

Even after they know I graduated with a GPA of 3.71 in one year at grad school. All of that while juggling work, being a primary caregiver to my grandmother and being a single mom. These people are the greatest motivation to me. They make me step my game up every day. They make me embrace the fire that burns in my female, black feminist soul.

 

I challenge you to make a positive difference!

I challenge you to make a positive difference!

To me the importance of fighting for the rights of every black woman is as important as the breath that I breathe. Every time I get to see the stupid look on the face of those that minimize my intelligence in their minds because I am a black woman empowers me with the knowledge that I have taken the right path. Every time I get to prove that I am a strong intelligent black woman and not the typical view of the black woman, it’s worth it. So if what I am saying or doing can help others that are living, fighting and enduring the constant battle against inequality because we are both black and women, that rocks!

 

Spicie allows me to do this! This, is why I am a Spicie Woman.

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