- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Anchor Books; Reprint edition (2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 110191176X
- ISBN-13: 978-1101911761
- Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.3 x 6.2 inches
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We Should All Be Feminists Paperback – February 3, 2015
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A personal essay adapted from the writer's TEDx talk of the same name. Adichie, celebrated author of the acclaimed Americanah (Knopf, 2013), offers a more inclusive definition of feminism, one that strives to highlight and embrace a wide range of people and experiences. Drawing on anecdotes from her adolescence and adult life, Adichie attempts to strike down stereotypes and unpack the baggage usually associated with the term. She argues that an emphasis on feminism is necessary because to focus only on the general "human rights" is "to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded." Her focus on women of color is also an aspect of the movement that hasn't always been given its due, and Adichie works in her own experience and life as a feminist within a more conservative Nigerian culture in an organic and eye-opening way. She also points to examples in Nigeria that are unfortunately universal: a young woman who is gang-raped at a university and is then vilified and blamed for the crime, which, unfortunately, happens often in the United States. Injustices such as these, she posits, are reasons enough to be angry and outspoken. The humorous and insightful tone will engage teens and give them an accessible entry point into gender studies. This title would also work well as a discussion starter in debate and speech classes. VERDICT An eloquent, stirring must-read for budding and reluctant feminists.—Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal
“Nuanced and rousing.” —Vogue
“Adichie is so smart about so many things.” —San Francisco Chronicle
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She did all this while making people laugh at some of the more ridiculous indignities she and other women deal with day in and day out. Then she goes a little deeper. Then gets lighter again. She's simply an excellent teacher-speaker that happens to be a feminist.
Ms. Adichie's life in that country. She speaks of social slights experienced by most women at one time or another.
I was very interested in the author's perspective.
In some countries, it's a feminist act for a woman to read a book, or to write one, or to want a college education, let alone actually go to university. Often, words like "feminism" and "feminist" are hurled at a woman in arguments or discussions, with a tone of condescenscion. This actually happened to the author as a teen. In the essay, she says, "It was not a compliment."
Of course, in a diverse society not everyone wants to be a feminist. That's ok. And although I learned a little bit more about Nigeria from this essay, the author proposes how we can create gender equality. This essay will resonate with almost any woman, in almost any country.
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Very well written short passage. Will continue to follow this author.