TITLE: We Should All Be Feminists
AUTHOR: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ONE SENTENCE SUMMARY: Adichie talks about Feminism and why we should all have an active role in changing gender norms.
GENRE: Non-Fiction | Feminism
I first heard of this book after listening to her Ted Talk on the subject. The book is the same exact thing as the Ted Talk, but I’m still glad I got the book because now I have a hard copy of her speech and it’s amazing and perfect. Reading it didn’t feel repetitive because it had been a while since I watched the speech and it reminded me many of her points on feminism and why we need it.
The problem with feminism is that it has so many connotations about it, and unfortunately most of negative. Usually feminists are depicted as angry men hating tomboys, and that’s not true. Ngozi makes sure to point out all the feminist misconceptions and how wrong they are, especially about the ideas men have toward women and feminism that don’t help the issue at all.
One of the things I loved about her book is that she brings men into the conversation by explaining how feminism could benefit them. She pulls them into the conversation and speaks about how they can help instead of adding to the problem. My favorite part of the book is when she discusses how differently we raise and treat girls from boys, when we should be treating and raising them the same. Instead of raising them according to their gender, we should be raising them according to their interests. What a mind blowing idea, right? What’s even better is that she does it with humor and intelligence! What else could you possibly ask for?
“My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.”
I think everyone should read it. It’s barely even 50 pages. If you don’t want to take an hour of your day to read it, you can watch it on YouTube. Here’s the LINK.