QOTD: – What do you think both men and women can do to help the Feminist movement?
The Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie puts forward the idea of feminism in a very easily understandable and relatable way here, in this book-length essay. This essay is originally adapted from the TedTalk by the same name which is available in YouTube for free to watch, by the way. The book itself came out in 2014 probably. The Tedtalk is more engaging than the book to be honest, the audience response and the author’s sense of humour and charisma made it very enjoyable indeed. The book itself is very small too, it’s around 50 small pages only.
Some of the key points taken from the essay:
My first introduction to feminism happened almost 6 years ago through this song ‘Flawless’ by Beyoncé ft. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I remember feeling so empowered after listening to the lyrics and the speech, both of their words resonated with me so much as a teenager. I’ve grown up idolizing them.
But as I’ve mentioned in the last slide already, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been accused of making transphobic remarks to the media in the recent past. I urge you all to please be sensitive to the marginalized communities. That being said, this essay can be a basic introduction to Feminist literature.
One thing I love about this book is that it’s not preachy. It doesn’t preach you to be a Feminist. Instead the author talks about her many experiences being a girl growing up to explore the topic. This made whatever she’s trying to say, ten times more effective. Also, she talks about how feminism is not only for women, it’s for men too. This is a misconception I’ve seen in a lot of people, some ✨woke✨ people in social media preach about how feminism is about women being superior to men. I think this book will be suitable for people who are still new to the concept of feminism. If you already know enough about feminism, the book should be mostly the stuff that you already know though.
The book would have been way better and more impacting if she would have delved into the deeper aspects of feminism. I wanted it to talk about intersectional feminism a little bit too as this book only focuses on the gender binary. I would recommend this to people who are still new to the concept of feminism like I already said and I would also recommend this to beginners because it’s really small and really easy to get along.