We Should All Be Feminists: Short but oh so interesting

We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. 

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. 

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

My thoughts:

I have never read anything by Adichie and I have to say I missed out. This book is short but really interesting.

In this book Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talks of her experience of sexism growing up in Nigeria and how it has effected her life. This book discusses why we still need feminism and why each and every person should be a feminist. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes the deeply conditioned sexism she has encountered, beginning with her encounters with the label “feminist” growing up and drawing on her own experiences as well as those of other people in her life, male and female, young and old, Nigerian and American. Also Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gives us an idea of what feminism is and isn’t. She address some major themes, such as; rigid traditional/cultural norms, the socialization of children and youth, concepts of masculinity and femininity, shaming of sexuality and self and of course, the power structures in favor of men.

For me it was a great introduction into the topic of feminism and gave a brief insight into how it can go unnoticed in society. I didn’t know much about what feminism really meant but consider me educated. Although most of what she says happened in Nigeria, a lot is happening al over the world. You can easily relate.

Even though this is a short book it packs a punch. Her deliberate, matter-of-fact style really drew me into the story. It convincingly lays down the arguments for feminism and also the reasons why the existing gender stereotypes are harmful.

I would recommend this book to everyone, men and women, who are interested in feminism.



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