Feminism is a burning topic across all the geographies. The intellectuals – men and women alike – are found brainstorming and debating on this critical subject. All of them have their own perspectives which they imbibed in themselves as their experiences got internalized. That’s how they came to form opinions and grow in a culture. But does this culture stands fine today? Does our definition of feminism stand in the right place?
"A feminist is a person who believes in the economic, political and social equality of the sexes."
Such a wonderful and apt definition put forth by Chimamanda. It struck me right at the place where it should have. And reading it made me realize that the main problem with us is that we live in our illusional worlds with absolutely dismal misinterpretations of this word ‘feminist.’ Through her personal and brazen account, the author attempts to bring us to a table and initiate a conversation. Through this book, she delves in our system and culture as she goes on to articulate her experiences and observations.
With the use of subtle language and impeccable finesse, she drives home the point of equality of sexes. She advocates the voice of women to be heard and the need to give it a room. She raises her issue with the growing intellectual society’s archaic views and bashes them with her pointed arguments.
This book is a powerful work on an important subject where we should note that men and women are humans and we should all be proud feminists!
"We teach girls shame. “Close your legs. Cover yourself.” We make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up — and this is the worst thing we do to girls — they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form. - @chimamanda_adichie " . 🌿I wasn't in the mood to pick it up as I usually don't read the book which create buzz, but thanks to @bookfanatic96 for forcing me like nothing and for pissing me off. This small fierce book has so much to say. 🌿Actually! It is a book-length essay adapted from author's TEDx talk. According to me, @michelleobama is the "Woman of the century "but @chimamanda_adichie took a different place in my heart. 🌿This woman has such clear opinions and possess a perfect blend of delivering it. Ultimately! This admirer watch out every interview, video, Talk show of her. Hell, she inspired me like nothing. 🌿After finishing it, I'm hell sure that I'm gonna read each and every work of her in few months. . 🌟 Rating - 5/5
I flew though it. It's a short essay with some fantastic points. It has some compelling and deeply personal experience of the author and her friends, experiences we are so likely to face in our day to day life. We live in a modern society and yet have dos and don't based on the gender, we are mostly likely to accept them and ignore the reason. I particularly like the way she draws attention to a particular topic and sticks to it and does not want it to be generalised, like how she wants to be known as feminist and not human rights activist. There is also a mention about how we should raise our kids for a better future. I don't normally read book about serious issues. But this one was beautifully written. Not for a moment did I feel like putting it down. I hope to read all her books now. Also, it's such a small tiny book. I was awestruck when I received it. Never knew a book could be this small and effective.
AUTHOR - CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE BOOK- WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS RATING - 5/5
When most of the people utter or hear the word 'feminist or feminism' ,the first image or the thought that lurks in the mind is a very stereotypical one which either be of female dominance or a quasi- extreme woman trying to get preference in everything above men. But, that notion in our minds are wrong. Everyone define feminism differently and the dictionary meaning is just a mundane one. But, Chimamanda on the contrary explains the very basic and the vital points of the meanings inside the word feminism and why should one be a feminist. The book focuses around equality, pride and the equal treatment irrespective of gender and how it benefits everyone. The book is a must read who feel like feminism is something a modern culture statement to be used by women to get what they want. No, it's never that. Read it, just once and you'll know the difference and why we should all be feminist.
This is Chimamanda's short, powerful essay talking about feminism and why all of us need feminism to break free from the patriarchy that limits us. Feminism isn't about wanting to be better than men, it is about being equal to men. Chimamanda talks about how feminism benefits boys and men, because it is only when we break patriarchy is when we see that something like crying doesn't and shouldn't have a gender.
If there's one book you should read and use to explain feminism to someone, then this is it! In few pages, Chimamanda explains a lot in a simple, yet powerful way. She doesn't give you the history of feminism, she simply puts across the need for it.
For people complaining that it makes you feel cheated buying a book this small, you can watch her TedX talk, which is the exact same thing.
I really loved Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists. It is a short essay in which the author talks about the kind of stereotypes which surrounds the idea of Feminism. With a touch of humour, she highlights the fact that the term has so much negative baggage. She then moves on to talk about how one needs to evolve the idea of gender and the need to raise children differently in order to make a change. 🌷 This is a hard-hitting essay in which the author not only talks about her ideas but she also opens up as to how the socialization has harmed her. Like her, thousands of women face this emotional harm along with facing many other difficulties. I found her ideas similar to J.S. Mill, another writer who advocated for the rights of women. I would highly recommend you all to read this book in order to have a better understanding of how things actually work and how one could make a difference for the good of humanity in general.
Feminist: A person who believes in he social, political and economic equality of the sexes.
#craartologyreviews : A tiny book designed to trash the stereotypical culture of the successful and unsuccessful societies, without causing a burn!😉 Adichie writes about what feminism actually is with vivid examples from incidents and interactions she's faced first hand during her stay in Nigeria and America collectively. The striking examples are so evident yet unnoticed by most of us in daily life that it makes we feel how poor we are at observation of the little things and the fact that we have a long way to go... The basic concept of feminism and the simple ways to get to the ideal way of living equally are explained subtly and this book is a handbook that be owned by everyone. Read it for the profound knowledge it has to offer in just 48 pages.
I think, if you were going to pick one book to explain feminism to someone, it would be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's We Should All Be Feminists . . . "But by far the worst thing we do to males — by making them feel they have to be hard — is that we leave them with very fragile egos.The harder a man feels compelled to be, the weaker his ego is, . Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage , . And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to cater to the fragile egos of males "
This book is a conversation about gender which does a great job of introducing the subject, and highlighting the issue. However it stops sorry of making suggestions on how to lead the change. The universality of the author's experiences and observations is what makes this so compelling. You don't need to be from Nigeria to recognize how the same culture percolates across countries and cultures. Am amazing book to introduce the subject to people, and bonus points for being such a quick read. I would highly recommend it to all the people who believe feminism is a farce or an " attention seeking" initiative.
A beautifully written essay on the need for feminism in our world because feminism is not only a misunderstood term but also exploited by people who call themselves feminists even when their life choices clearly belie the essence of feminism. We need feminism because we live in a very unequal world and often times people are so accustomed to seeing the world a certain way that they fail to see how unequal, unfair and regressive it is. A short but very impactful essay, a must read for absolutely everybody who believes in building and supporting an equal world for all of its citizens.