We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Published: first as a xTED Talk in 2012, then as a book February 3rd, 2015 by Anchor
Genre(s): Non-fiction, speeches, essays, feminism
Trigger Warning(s): none!
Pages: 48 pgs.
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, award-winning author of Americanah, offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
|There’s a reason why Beyonce quoted passages from this essay for her song ***Flawless: this is quickly on its way to becoming a seminal text for third wave feminism.We Should All Be Feminists truly is a great primer for people who are just getting started in feminist work.
Adichie expertly weaves together personal experiences, historical events, and cultural touch points from her home country Nigeria to bring the point across that, to borrow from the incomparable bell hooks, feminism is for everybody. It reads like a conversation between you and your best friend, which exactly how talking about feminism should go.
While this book doesn’t go into extensive detail about all of the issues that women face today — especially since this is an adaptation of a xTED Talk Adichie gave a few years back — there is one major message that she makes clear: Feminism isn’t a shameful thing; it’s a powerful one.
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