Wednesday, March 22, 2017

We Should all be Feminists by Chimamanda Adichie

We Should all be Feminists (2015) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is similar in some ways to Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman -- the text of a speech (in this case a TED talk) by the author transferred to the written word in a dynamic and compelling manner.

I haven't seen the TED talk, but from the text of the book, I imagine an impassioned, interesting delivery, so I will certainly try to watch it sometime (I embedded the video below, so we can all watch together!).

The message is of course spot-on, and presented in such a straightforward, common sense way that I would be surprised if anyone could finish the (very, very short) book or speech and not agree that the concept that "feminism" is really just the idea that women are people too and should be treated as such. A must-read for everyone!
"The problem with gender if that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn't have the weight of gender expectations." (p. 34)

Keep reading! Beth

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