American feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer Frances Dana Barker Gage — , circa The attendant, flustered, offered up five hundred apologies and a free swing with the hammer. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth offers some glimpses of the complexity of this magnificent woman, but since this book was not actually written by Truth she dictated her story to Olive Gilbert , we still do not know what was omitted, what was colored in and sensationalized for white audiences. The night could have ended so much worse than it did. Twice in seven years, I had verbally identified myself as a man. How long would I erase my femininity just because the world asked me to? A man started to follow us, yelling about his sexual prowess to my friend, who blatantly ignored him.