#329 ~ Ain’t I A Woman?

So today should officially be the end of this blog. However, considering I failed to post for the majority of october/november I have about 5 weeks left (lucky reader). Reflecting on the growth of this blog my early posts were often about the difficulties of settling into University, mixed with my frustration with the portrayal of ‘Africa’ by the media and individuals. It then moved into a place of social justice especially around war, the commodification of women and an awareness of identity issues, before culminating in an unexpected and unplanned perusal of faith. However, it’s made me realise these are some of the core elements of my character. This month, as I finally close down the show I’m excited to see the range of experiences I’ll be able to write about. One of the main things, inevitably, will be my reflection of womanhood. I’m finally leaving my teen years behind me, and for some reason, I feel this time the change in numbers will actually cause a change in character or at least my world perspective. So here’s to becoming a woman…and whatever that means.

Sojourner Truth: Aint I A Woman:

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that ‘twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what’s all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man – when I could get it – and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what’s this they call it? [member of audience whispers, “intellect”] That’s it, honey. What’s that got to do with women’s rights or negroes’ rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn’t you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wasn’t a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain’t got nothing more to say. 

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