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We Should All Be Feminists What does “feminism” mean today That is the uestion at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists a personal elouently 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 uniue 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 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 US 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 A Nigerian acuaintance once asked me if I was worried that men would be intimidated by me I was not worried at all it had not even occurred to me to be worried because a man who would be intimidated by me is exactly the kind of man I would have no interest inthis is the second book i have read from my uarterly literary fiction box from pagehabitthis is very much like Between the World and Me in the sense that they are both short works addressing huge issues race gender and approaching them or less anecdotally which is a really refreshing approach i liked this one than i liked coates' book which i never even reviewed because i am the worst nor have i yet reviewed many of my teeny tiny nonfiction reads from the past year Consider the Oyster The Face Cartography of the Void The Clothing of Books but i'm reviewing this one even though i don't have much in the way of responsecontent i love the way adichie writes this book is conversational and relaxed there's good flow between her examples and arguments and her suggestions about how to adjust the way we think about gender and to address ineuality are small and manageable but it's precisely those small everyday situations where examples set by individuals have an impact on the way the world works the way we treat other people the influence on the following generation 'be the change you wish to see in the world' and all or in my own philosophy 'try not to be an asshole today' small acts but big goals What is the point of culture? Culture functions ultimately to ensure the preservation and continuity of a peopleCulture does not make people People make culture If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture then we can and must make it our culturea lot of adichie's examples are specific to nigeria i've never heard of a woman being asked to produce her key in a hotel lobby to ensure she was not a prostitute and waitstaff in america tend to be if anything attentive to women than to men but many of her observations do have parallelsrelevance to gender issues in my land in any event she's a hell of a writer and you should probably read this and see what you can do about making the world a little less obnoxious 'cuz we could use that right about nowcome to my blog Not long ago I wrote an article about being young and female in Lagos And an acuaintance told me that it was an angry article and I should not have made it so angry But I was unapologetic Of course it was angry Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice I am angry We should all be angry A short sharp and effective essay about gender the wrong ideas many people have about feminism and why it is so damn important Even todayI suppose an essay doesn't sound like something most people want to rush out and read It sounds like a chore like hard work like something that you should maybe read someday if you ever get around to it But this doesn't feel like an essay at all The author delivers a compelling and deeply personal account of her experiences and the experiences of her friends male and female young and old Nigerian and American She makes many fantastic points and makes them in a conversational tone without seeming preachy or patronizing Looking at the way we treat women and men and how the expectations we have of both genders is contributing to a gender divide the author makes an argument for a better future where we are not put into gendered boxes We stifle the humanity of boys We define masculinity in a very narrow way Masculinity is a hard small cage and we put boys inside this cage I've actually written a little about this in the past but I especially like the way she draws attention to the importance of the word itself Many people are uick to say I absolutely believe men and women should be eual but why call it feminism? Isn't that word exclusive? Why not say humanism as many people do? Even I've been guilty of wondering the same in the pastI think there are many great arguments for why it should be feminism and not just humanism black lives matter and not just all lives matter gay pride and not just sexual pride but I'll let Adichie do the talking on that issue She summarizes it marvelouslyBlog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube | Store I want to just buy a crate of these and pass them out to strangers and friends and family This should be reuired reading

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