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Essay Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
Non-Fiction > Essay ∴ Feminism ∴ Self-help
Published July 29, 2014 by Vintage
[Paperback] ∴ 49 pages

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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 humor 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 behaviors that marginalize 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, and abroad—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 bestselling 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.

I thought this speech-turned-published-essay was awesome. Adichie says what we all wish we could say, and she says it eloquently and professionally. I think it could be very hard to be offended by this work. She sheds light on the fact that, no matter what country you’re in and no matter what race, men and women are treated differently, and that needs to change. She also gives what needs to be done to change it.

When I first saw it, I ordered it from my library and when it came in, I was surprised at how small it was. It only took me about 30 minutes to read. I was hoping for more, but when I was done, Adichie made her point loud and clear and there was no need or desire for more. I will definitely recommend this to anyone interested in thoughts on feminism, positive or negative. Maybe it will give some insight.

∴ 5 stars ∴

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