If we’re being honest, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. Not because I didn’t enjoy We Should All Be Feminists but because I have so many thoughts swirling in my head, the thought of arranging them into a coherent post is incredibly daunting.
I was scrolling through Barnes and Noble’s website when this book was recommended for me and I instantly bought it. Truth be told, I knew nothing about it. As I anxiously awaited it to arrive in the mail, I did some research.
The book is Adichie’s argumentative essay on feminism adapted from her well-known (and spectacular) TED talk.
Born and raised in Africa, she discusses what it’s like being a woman in Nigeria, how women are viewed and treated there, then ties that in with the larger struggle of gender equality across the world.
I warned you with The Argonauts that it could be challenging to read but I promise this one isn’t in the slightest. In fact, you can sit down (in a comfy armchair, preferably) and read it in an hour. Don’t take less than an hour though. You need to read it slowly, reread parts that are powerful and think about what she’s saying.
My favorite part of the entire essay is her bringing up the controversy that surrounds the word feminism. So often today people find themselves saying they believe in gender equality but are not feminists or don’t like the word feminists (which seems paradoxical to me).
Adichie argues that by using a broad label such as saying you believe in ‘human rights’ denies the individualized struggle of gender. I don’t want to talk too much about this because she discusses it so beautifully and I’ll just butcher it here but take my word for it, it’s powerful.
If you’ve haven’t heard Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk, I guarantee you’ve heard her magnificent voice before.
She speaks parts of her talk in the middle of Beyonce’s “Flawless” which, for lack of a more appropriate word, is utterly flawless.