Title: We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher: Anchor Canada
Pub Date: February 3, 2015
Genre(s): Essays, Non-Fiction, Feminism
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Synopsis from Goodreads:
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”
Everyone should read this. Boys, girls, men, women. Everyone.
Adichie has eloquently summed up everything I’ve ever felt about what being a “feminist” means. She reminds us all why feminist shouldn’t be a bad word. It is not a bad word, just so we are clear.
On a side note: Feminism does not dismiss the issues of hyper-masculinity. As Adichie says, “Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage.” We must all make an effort to acknowledge and reform gender norms if we truly want to achieve equality. It’s quite simple.
Please read this. Pass it along to your brothers, fathers, sisters, best friends, neighbours, etc.