I don't feel that I have much to add to the discussion on this book, which has enjoyed so much deserved appreciation and critique (the section in Africa is problematic, I know) I only want to say that my favourite aspect of it is the positioning of the support and love between women as a revolutionary: loving women (not necessarily having sex with women) is a radical act against patriarchy, exclusion and abuse. Walker's comments on her own sexuality are so inspiring for me as is the way Celie cares for Shug and then how Shug cares for Celie in this book. There is terrible violence and sadness in this story, but it is one of the most beautiful life-affirming and comforting texts I have ever read nonetheless.
I was reminded of The Colour Purple when I read this article oncompulsory heterosexuality. <3women love<3