We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★

img_567012We Should All Be Feminists is an essay in the form of a short book of an extended version of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Tedx Talk. Adichie explores what ‘feminism’ means today, and indeed why everyone should be feminists. She highlights the blatant discrimination of women and also more subtle behaviours that persist in the marginalisation of women, successfully highlighting the important and often unnoticed realities of sexual politics. Throughout the essay she draws from her own experiences both in the US and in her native Nigeria, and shows how gender today is harmful for both men and women, and how everyone must be educated and change.

The content of the essay was relevant, concise and well argued. It shines a light on a lot of the issues with gender today, and not just in one culture or in relation to one gender, which I appreciated. While I did think the content of the essay was observant and inclusive, it was not as extensive or thorough as I had hoped. As someone who is relatively well-researched into the issues surrounding feminism I found this essay didn’t teach me anything new; if you are wanting in-depth exploration and discussion then this book isn’t for you. On the other hand, this is a great introduction to feminism, and draws attention to many of the important problems surrounding gender today. It is thought provoking, and a great place to start.

While reading this essay is effective, I would highly recommend watching Adichie’s talk, even if you still want to read the essay first. I felt this medium was more powerful, and I enjoyed it much more. Adichie’s writing is eloquent and witty whichever way you experience it however, and her personal stories throughout make the essay more engaging, and the topics more compelling.

 Overall this book is a good introduction to the issues surrounding gender today. I especially enjoyed how she explained why gender affects everyone, and why everyone should identify as feminists and learn more. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t identify as feminist, or does and wants some introductory reading.

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