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Review: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

5 stars of 5 ★★★★★

Pub. Date: July 29, 2014

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

*This eBook was provided free by the publisher through Netgalley in return for an honest review.

This ebook short gets straight to the point: We should all believe in equality. We should all strive for equality. Thus, we should all be feminists.

Here’s the summary(via Goodreads):

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.

A great work for students new to the Women Studies field or for anyone that just doesn’t get it or needs to be reminded of the principles on which feminism stands. It’s a short read, and it’s not littered with jargon or theory, just real life experiences by a real live woman.

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What I’m reading now: “Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit

This book is taking me forever to read. It’s very interesting, especially the first essay where Solnit explains where she got the name for the book, but good lord, after that it’s all over the place. She talks about everything and in doing so talks about nothing. I skipped over the essay where she compared all of her other works (none of which had anything to do with feminism) to various Virginia Woolf quotes to make them seemingly about feminism.

I really had higher hopes for this book because Neil Gaiman was such a supporter of it when it first came out. The bits that were relevant to the topic have been extremely interesting. The rest…meh.