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.
Well, for a famous, little book it is what it is. It’s apparently the transcript of some TED talks out of Africa. And while it doesn’t bring anything new to THIS feminist it would be a good book for a very introductory feminism discussion.
I would have also liked more focus on the toxic relationship that the current society leaves, not only on women, but also on boys as they grow into men. Not to mention faux feminists or white, upper-class feminists worried only about the rights of white, upper-class women.
A greater focus on intersectionality would have made this a 5-star read.
p.s. Happy birthday, husband! A great friend, a wonderful husband, and a bang-up feminist to boot~ お誕生日おめでとうダーリン～