Thursday, 7 April 2016

Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Title: We Should All Be Feminists
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Pages: 64
Genres: Non-Fiction, Feminism

We Should All Be Feminists

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 humour 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 behaviours that marginalise 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 – 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 best-selling 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.
This short and sweet essay focuses on the many reasons why feminism is still needed in the modern world. Adichie draws on various experiences of being a woman in Nigeria and the U.S. and I was fascinated from start to finish.

I have never read anything that sums up the importance of feminism so concisely. The experiences Adichie uses to illustrate her point perfectly conveys the powerful messages of feminism. I think everyone should read this book.

I love how Adichie explained why the movement is described as feminism and does not need to change to humanism as many people argue. She also goes into a lot of the issues regarding people raising their children according to gendered stereotypes. It was just perfectly written, I can not sing its praises enough. Everyone needs this book in their life.


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