6 Bessie Head, A Woman Alone, p.95.

Writing is not a male/female occupation. My femaleness was never a problem to me, not now, not in our age…I do not have to be a feminist. The world of the intellect is impersonal, sexless…I have worked ouside all political and other ideologies, bowing to life here and there and absorbing all that I felt to be relevant, but always fighting for space and air. I needed this freedom and independence, in order that I retain a clarity of thought, in order that my simpathies remain fluet and responsive to any given situation in life.


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