Oh, what a book. What a read. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is perfect. It is everything that should be voiced and sent out into the world. It is a thoughtful, intelligent, forcefull and kind note on why we should all be feminists. I say note because it’s a very short book, definitely one you can read in a single sitting.
Adichie explores gender roles and the societal norms and ideas surrounding them, what her personal definition of feminism is and the ways in which men and women are put into boxes and expected to conform. She talks about personal experiences from both her native Nigeria and the U.S., and she does so in a warm and honest way, inviting you to see her accounts from a feminist perspective.
The essay really, really resonated with me. Everything she talked about seemed to me familiar or very understandable, and I kept finding myself thinking that ‘yes, exactly’ about the ways in which women and men and forced to appear and behave in restrictive and dishonest ways, which are harmful to us as people with a wide and contradictive set of attributes and thoughts, which more often than not cross the boundaries which are prescribed by our genders.
I loved the read, and I think you would too.
‘The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.’
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists