Sunday, May 3, 2015

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We Should All Be Feminists

Publisher: Random House of Canada
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Publication Date: July 29, 2014

Goodreads Synopsis

An eBook short.

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 was finding it difficult to write a standard review of this book, so instead, I decided to simply write a short reflection.

We Should All Be Feminists was adapted from a TEDxEuston talk given by the author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I honestly picked it up because I was looking for a quick read. Something to get me through a reading slump. After reading the book, I wasn't expecting to feel the way I did - empowered, more knowledgeable and proud to be a woman.Growing up, I never thought of myself as a feminist however, Chimamanda's definition has made me believe otherwise:
"My own definition is a feminist is a man or woman who says, yes, there's a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better."
Being a mother, I feel as though I must be better; do better in order to ensure my daughter and son are given equal rights and freedoms. They will be the ones to enjoy and suffer the consequences of my generation's decisions.

This is a powerful book, that I would encourage everyone to read. If you don't like reading, you're in luck. Here's TED Talk video for your viewing pleasure.

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