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We Should All Be Feminists

What does feminism mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essayadapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same nameby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first centuryone rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiencesin the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroadoffering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here i...

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We Should All Be Feminists Reviews

  • Sana

    everyone needs to read this asap.

  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘



    The fact that feminism is often considered as a negative concept is rather new to me, simply because I've internalized my anger/my annoyance for years and started to point what shocked me to people only recently.

    Why is that? Did my family raise me in the belief that we women shouldn't speak up? Hardly. Not once did my parents implied that I shouldn't be ambitious because I was a woman. Every day of my teenage years my mother repeated to me that I should never do something - including sex - that

    "Anger, the tone said, is particularly not good for a woman. If you are a woman, you are not supposed to express anger, because it is threatening."
    I'll add : because if you're angry people say that you're "making a scene", and god forbid you answer when you're insulted! Earlier last week my little sister was publicly insulted in broad daylight because she was wearing a dress. She called me, baffled to see that nobody reacted and that people told her to calm down because "it was how things were" when she answered angrily in a situation where she had every right to be mad. Don't tell me it's not true that we women are supposed to be kind and pleasant : it stays, in 2015, how most people think, and you're quickly called a - sexually frustrated - bitch when you dare to say that no, thank you, I don't want to be insulted for no reasons.

    "We teach females that in relationships, compromise is what a woman is more likely to do.

    We raise girls to see each other as competitors - not for jobs or accomplishments, which in my opinion can be a good thing, but for the attention of men."


    As a teacher, I can't agree more with the author's statement about how we raise children. If I'm sure that many of you are progressive in that subject, it remains that wrong ideas about what are - and more often than not in people's heads, must be - masculinity and feminity are spread every day and I see it in my pupils' behavior on a daily basis. These stupid expectations hurt both men and women.

    "What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender?"


    That's why I urge you to read this short essay and I'm going to shove this book in my friends' throat gently and nicely advice my friends to read it. If it can make people more interested in these issues, it would already be a positive step.

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  • Duane

    “Women’s rights have come a long way”; something we’ve all heard before. But we’ve got a long way to go, I think we all agree on that. No one person’s actions, thoughts, or words are going to end the oppression, if I may use that word. But we can all contribute something positive, something that creates a dialogue about change, something that becomes “another brick in the wall”. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay is just that, but it’s a very big brick, and it’s truths are undeniable. Everyone sho ...more

  • Councillor

    If you have only thirty minutes of time left, then listen to the author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, reading her essay here for free. Whether you are a feminist or not, whether you are male or female, you won't regret listening to this, regardless of what your current view on the much-debated topic of feminism is like. Either she will open your eyes to some aspects you never thought about before, or she will convince you of your already established opinion. However it turns out for you, in my opin

    Recently a young woman was gang raped in a university in Nigeria. And the response of many young Nigerians, both male and female, was something along the lines of this: "Yes, rape is wrong. But what is a girl doing in a room with four boys?" Now if we can forget the horrible inhumanity of that response, these Nigerians have been raised to think of women as inherently guilty, and have been raised to expect so little of men that the idea of men as savage beings without any control is somehow acceptable. We teach girls shame. Close your legs. Cover yourself. We make them feel as though by being born female they're already guilty of something.


    I can only talk about my own experience now as a young man about how it is in Germany, but what I had to learn so far was this: A lot of people have no idea of what the concept of feminism truly means, they think of it as something some weirdly-brained writers of bad self-help books must have invented in order to torture humans with their implausible beliefs (yes, yes, I did so myself for a long time). I know someone who has always had trouble in finding a girlfriend, even though he was probably the friendliest and nicest guy out there. One day he had enough of it and decided to just begin to treat girls badly. Guess what? He was in a relationship only a few weeks later. And this is something that angers me, because not only do some men find pleasure in treating women like shit, some women also encourage them to do so. But inspite of that, this is no excuse for rape. Nothing can excuse something as horrible as rape, something that should never be wished upon any person. Never ever.

    I am angry about this. I am angry about the fact that if you refer to "Studenten" (German for "students") instead of "Studentinnen und Studenten" (German for "female and male students"), you will immediately be verbally attacked because you downgraded women, but if you treat women like garbage, you will be praised as the ultimate male hero everyone else has to look up to. I am angry that in order to be looked at as a "man", you have to raise yourself up from women - otherwise there will always be people who start laughing when you call yourself a man and who are going to say that someone like you could only be a "kiddie".

    Chimamanda also mentioned that a lot of people argue how female apes bow down to male apes, and after all, apes are our relatives, right? Her answer to this, simple and humorous alike: "But the point is, we're not apes. Apes also live on trees and have earth worms for breakfast, but we don't." And she couldn't be more correct about this. After all, men are human just the way women are human, except for the obvious biological differences, and if you put this into a simple mathematical equation, it would be something along the lines of this:

    men = human

    women = human


    Thus, the following must apply as well: men = women

    (See? Sometimes maths is good for something after all!)

    More people need to read this book. More women, but also more men, because the term "feminist" doesn't mean that you need to be a woman in order to be a feminist. It is sad to see how only a handful of male Goodreads users have read this book, even though Chimamanda doesn't only talk about how women need to fight for their rights, she also talks about how men need to learn to accept women as equal.

    This essay should definitely be required reading in school. You can't learn the lessons Chimamanda teaches in her text early enough. Even more importantly, she doesn't say that you need to be a feminist (even though the title implies so). No, she talks to you about the situation in Nigeria and other countries, and she makes you think about it and allows you to form your own opinion. And that's what I truly respect her for.

    You are a feminist? Fine, then you might still learn something from this essay.

    You are no feminist? Good, that's even more of a reason for you to click on that link on top of my review.
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  • Ilenia Zodiaco

    "La cultura non fa le persone. Sono le persone che fanno la cultura. Se è vero che la piena umanità delle donne non fa parte della nostra cultura, allora possiamo e dobbiamo far sì che lo diventi"

  • Mohamed Al

    غرد يومًا المغني الكويتي حمود الخضر في تويتر بمقطع وهو يغني أغنية سخيفة تقول كلماتها " لا لا .. لا نحتاج المال كي نزداد جمالا" فرددت عليه قائلاً بأنه لولا المال لما استطعنا الاشتراك في خدمة الإنترنت لمشاهدتك وأنت ترتدي نظارة "ماركة" وتقود سيارة "فارهة" وتغني " لا نحتاج المال"!

    ليس من عادتي التعليق على كل ما يستفزني في تويتر ، ولكن أعترف بأن من أكثر الأمور استفزازًا بالنسبة لي هي رؤية خليجي ثري، وأنا لا أتحدث عن حمود الخصر فقط، يقول للآخرين بأن المال ليس شيئًا ضروريًا. قد أتقبل أن تصدر هذه الحكمة
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  • Whitney Atkinson

    I agree with every single thing in this book! I loved this discussion about feminism from a Nigerian woman's perspective, because Western feminism differs completely from what those women experience every day. I can't wait to read Chimamanda's full-length novels! I have yet to get my hands on one!

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Utterly fantastic.