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We Should All Be Feminists (Paperback)

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A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the bestselling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.



'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently...'







What does "feminism" mean today?





In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired Tedx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now - an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Essays & WritingEssays & JournalismLiterary essaysLGBT & Gender StudiesGender studiesGender studies: womenPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groups Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Publication Date: 09/10/2014 ISBN-13: 9780008115272  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. Her first novel 'Purple Hibiscus' was published in 2003 and was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Her second novel 'Half of a Yellow Sun' won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her short story collection, 'The Thing Around Your Neck', was published to critical acclaim in 2009. Her work has been selected by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association and the BBC Short Story Awards, has appeared in various literary publications, including Zoetrope and The Iowa Review. She won a MacArthur 'genius' grant in 2009, and in 2010 appeared on the New Yorker's list of the best 20 writers under 40. Her third novel, 'Americanah', was published to widespread critical acclaim in 2013. 'Half of a Yellow Sun' is now a major feature film, 'Americanah' is in production. She lives in Nigeria.

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I was alerted to this book by Goodreads friend review, and bought the audio book, narrated beautifully by the author. Right from the start, I was hooked. Although I am quite different to the author (race, nationality, age, occupation …), her ideas of feminism immediately resonated with me. She describes herself as a: “happy African feminist, who does not hate men and who likes to wear lip gloss and high heels for herself and not for men” OK, I’m not African, I could leave off the lip gloss and high heels – but otherwise, it sort of sums me up. The author sees feminism as promoting the opportunities and possibilities in the lives of females WITHOUT taking anything away from males. She sees feminism as a positive affirmation of female life – of not being held back by antiquated and preconceived ideas of what a woman can or should be, of doing things because they mean something to you, not just to men or society. “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be, rather than recognising how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer, to be our true individual selves if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations” “What if – in raising children - we focus on ability instead of gender. What if we focus on interest instead of gender.” I was really impressed with this book, with its very well-reasoned arguments, and illustrative anecdotes, and am really keen to read more of this author’s work. Highly recommended

- 26/06/2021
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Adiche writes with humour, style, common sense, and a love for her gender. This is a slim volume that packs a feminist punch way above its weight. I'll be buying more as gifts.

- 30/08/2018
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All praise to Chimamanda, for she speaks for us. In simple words and simple stories about complex matters of our society. We should all be Feminists is an essay everyone should read. It takes half an hour to do it, so the effort and time sacrifice here are not something you can’t handle. As the title suggests the issue discussed is feminism. What does it mean to be a feminist today? Where can we apply feminism? Why is feminism needed? Those are just a few questions this short book answers. If you’re a woman, it is a must-read. If you’re a man, it is a must-read. This book is a step to understand each other. It is a step towards change. Every aspect of our lives is questioned. Ms. Adichie talks about marriage, sexuality, household, fashion, work. She addresses physical differences between men and women, and social norms for them. Feminism and masculinity go hand in hand here. From this manifesto, social science debate, gender study, one thing should stick with you forever: You deserve respect for who you are. Gender is not an easy conversation. Changing the status quo never is. If you read this book you are the start the world needs. *If you like this review, check out my blog: www.sophiawonders.com :)

- 27/08/2018
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Short, concise and excellent material for a feminist. Would like to give this as a present to my husband and friends.

- 05/05/2017
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