Book review: We should all be feminists

You guys would be happy to know its a very small book, less than 50 or 60 pages I think. And yes it’s the author that Beyoncé loves and mentions in her song « Flawless ».

Synopsis

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by 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 century—one 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 experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering 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 is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

My opinion

We should all be feminists is a must read for men and women worldwide. It covers so many well known subjects and in a short essay format. It’s a great subject starter in events and allows to spark conversations regarding many points such as women at work, definition of feminity and feminism…

Chimamanda style in this book makes the subject super relatable with a looming hard truth and sadness. Sadness as nothing changed and its the same shit everywhere and women still suffer from the same shit than their ancestors. She states logical facts and arguments and avoid the man bashing. Its a very smart essay.

I love her raw style and how she doesn’t turn around the subject. She goes for the kill, literally. Pun intended. she addresses the feminity stereotypes, boxes that people put women on and how we cannot be our authentic and different self as women. And she discusses it in a very easygoing, or as much as she can and is far from being patronizing or judgy.

We should all be feminists is based on her ted talk.

Chimamanda pushes against the odds and against the stereotypes and wants us to think outside of the box. We need to fight this gender parity and more men need to understand the real meaning of feminism. As it feels like these days, the word « feminism » is thrown around by everyone and extrapolated and is misaligned with the real battle and objective behind it. I love how she brings people to think about the use of this word and to think twice before using it.

We should all be feminists is a must read for men and women and a great gift 😀 Especially to the friends that don’t understand feminism and its importance.

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