We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently...' What does "feminism" mean today? In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired Tedx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 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 - an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
My review - obviously this is something everyone needs to read. I read it and felt angry and empowered and just wanted to go out in the world and kick ass.
This is a small book with only 52 pages and you can read it within an hour. Here are some of my favourite passages from the book- "We spend too much time teaching girls to worry what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don't teach boys to care about being likeable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and books telling what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women." - pg.24
It is really interesting and eye-opening to read about women in Nigera and about Chimamanda's life growing up. How she felt about certain things and how she stood up for what she believed in and never let anyone try to silence her. I have already ordered some of her other books as she is so intelligent and this little book should be kept in everyones bags, coats etc to just read and re-read whenever they feel a little down. To make them feel like they're important and they can make a difference. With everything going on lately in the world we all need to stick together and make people hear our voices.
"The best feminist I know is my brother Kene, who is also kind, good-looking and very masculine young man. My own definition of a feminist is a man or woman who says, 'Yes, there's a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.' All of us, women and men, must do better." pg.48
Some people don't like the word feminist for certain reasons and sometimes silly reasons. My boyfriend thought it meant that we wanted women to be better than men, to basically, overpower them until I told him it's about equality. Even though it's 2017 we still live in a world where men get praised for a lot of things a women wouldn't.
Chimamanda is a wonderful woman to follow. She is inspirational and just so brilliant.