Rebecca Walker, daughter of revered novelist Alice Walker, hasn’t spoken with her famous mother since becoming pregnant with her first child.
The daughter blames her mother’s radical brand of feminism for the lack of contact.
Rebecca Walker explained her family feud for The Mail Online, a personal essay blasting her mother’s lifelong hatred of motherhood.
The truth is that I very nearly missed out on becoming a mother – thanks to being brought up by a rabid feminist who thought motherhood was about the worst thing that could happen to a woman.
You see, my mum taught me that children enslave women. I grew up believing that children are millstones around your neck, and the idea that motherhood can make you blissfully happy is a complete fairytale … Feminism has much to answer for denigrating men and encouraging women to seek independence whatever the cost to their families.
Walker also recalls the emotionally scarring abortion she had while still a teenager, a decision that fies in the face of what feminists of all stripes say about the process.
Although I believe that an abortion was the right decision for me then, the aftermath haunted me for decades. It ate away at my self-confidence and, until I had Tenzin, I was terrified that I’d never be able to have a baby because of what I had done to the child I had destroyed. For feminists to say that abortion carries no consequences is simply wrong.