Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

EBOOK; 32 P.
VINTAGE, 2014
SOURCE: PURCHASED

From Goodreads:

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.

As the blurb says, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning novelist who was born in Nigeria and later moved to United States. She is an incredibly smart, educated and well-spoken person, and after reading this essay, I really want to read her other works. We Should All Be Feminists was originally a TEDx talk that she did in Euston in 2012 and that she later adapted into an essay. It has also been sampled in Beyoncé’s song, Flawless.

In We Should All Be Feminists Adichie shares her experiences of being a woman in Nigeria. Things she can and cannot do; things that are not available for her because of her gender. And although many of these things are not problems that women in developed countries face, she manages to swiftly weave in also issues that women in developed countries relate to. In addition to this, Adichie explains how her identity as a feminist or, as she jokingly calls it, “Happy African Feminist Who Does Not Hate Men and Who Likes to Wear Lip Gloss and High Heels for Herself and Not For Men” developed.

We Should All Be Feminists is a short 30 page essay that should be read by both men and women. It convincingly lays down the arguments for feminism and also the reasons why the existing gender stereotypes are harmful. Gender is a social concept and thus subject to change. Adichie’s essay is definitely one that I can read again and again, and I’d highly recommend it for everyone who is interested in feminism. If you don’t have the time to read it, you can also watch and listen to Adichie’s TEDxEuston talk on YouTube.

4.5/5

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One thought on “Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  1. I’m not too sure about feminism.I mean there’s always a certain hypocrisy underlying it.
    What exactly made you like it so much as to give it 4.5 stars?

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