Book Review

We Should All Be Feminists & Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Why should we be feminists? Why not egalitarians?

“Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general- but to choose to use the vague expression human rights (or egalitarians) is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender.

It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human.

For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution acknowledge that.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (°1977 in Nigeria) is the bestselling author of novels Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun,The Thing Around Your Neck (short story collection) and Americanah.

She also wrote the personal, eloquently-argued essays We Should All Be Feminists and  most recent Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. In these approachable little books, Adichie explores what feminism means today and evokes suggestions how to raise children from a feminist perspective. But although she proposes a feminism that is inclusive and aware of discrimination, somehow she makes a lot of heteronormative and cis-normative assumptions that leave a bitter taste in the mouth…

These books are a great introduction for people how want to read more about feminism and don’t know where to start.



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