Published: July 29, 2014
“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.”
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.
It’s amazing how such a small book can hold very powerful words. This book has taught me a lot and has opened my eyes to things that I never even bothered to question.
The book has made quite a buzz before and I ignored it for a long time thinking that this is not for me and I am not interested in non-fiction. But this book is very easy to understand even though it tackles one of the biggest issues in our society today. And I am confident that anyone who has an open mind and will pick this book up would surely learn a lot from this.
What I like the most about it is the discussion is not a textbook type of informing the readers. It’s more of an engagement to evaluate our selves, our beliefs, and what we stand for. It’s not just about data and statistics; it’s about real-life experiences, not just of the author, but of the people around her. And frustrating though it may, I can also see myself in the pages of this book. It is not just the stereotypes in genders but also how deeply-rooted it has been in our culture and our mindset as an individual.
I remember seeing a comment in Goodreads that this book should be required reading in school and I could not agree more with this statement. This is the book that I wish everyone could read. It would help people be self-aware and conscious about what’s going on with them and the people around them.
I highly recommend this book if you have not read it.
That is all for this review.
Until next time!