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We Should All Be Feminists

Length: 45 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Summary

A personal and powerful essay from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the best-selling author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, based on her 2013 TEDx talk of the same name.

'I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently....'

What does feminism mean today?

In this personal, eloquently argued essay - adapted from her much-admired TEDx talk of the same name - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers listeners a unique definition of feminism for the 21st century, one rooted in inclusion and awareness. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author's exploration of what it means to be a woman now - an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

©2014 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (P)2016 Penguin Random House LLC

Critic reviews

"The book I'd press into the hands of girls and boys, as an inspiration for a future world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves." (Books of the Year, The Independent)
"One and a half million YouTube viewings later, this small but perfectly formed talk has become an equally small but perfectly formed book, thanks to Fourth Estate. The perfect size in fact for handbags, pockets and Christmas stockings. There really is no excuse not to buy several." ( Harper's Bazaar)

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A good start in intersectional feminist theory

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie does a great job in explaining the fundamental point of feminism. While it is already known to those versed in such sociological aspects, it is a good start in learning about what it actually is.

I was more interested in her viewpoint of intersectional feminism which brings together the effects of race, class and gender on a person and their position in society. I hope that there will be more literature like this in the future.

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A wonderful treatise for humanity to read

I would love to see this book on the curriculum of every High School in the world, the plight of women in the 21st Century is deplorable and I think this treatise would help to change this. it is written with intelligence and sensitivity and she reads very well, it gave me hope.

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true and profound

I can relate to everything the author wrote every woman's story and the answer to how to tackle gender

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I've been thinking about it since I finished

Made me feel guilty and a bit more aware of the issue, not a comfortable listen but necessary.

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A must read book - superb!

A thoughtful, funny and insightful look at feminism through the author's eyes. A must read book - superb!

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very short

There is not very much information in this book wouldn't recommend to others for this reason.

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Beautiful and empowering.

Thought provoking and dare I say a modern classic. Wonderful short piece that I think everyone should read.

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a book that should be in every syllabus

a must read for every man and woman. How different the world would be if everyone would've read this book. there's still time.

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Articulate

This is a short book holding the most amazing idea. I hope it helps change the world.

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Expected more

I expected more from this book and thought she was going to build from the speech given at her TED talk, but oh well. There were some bright moments in this book/speech (bottom power - of a woman - taps into someone else's power), but it did not interrogate fully why we need feminism. I expected a challenge of patriarchal structure on a social, cultural and governmental level from an African/Nigerian perspective, but I did not get that. Instead we got some coddling of benevolent mysoginists ("they don't mean harm") and a strange segue into how her brother is a hot feminist and men too can be feminist if he can. I also got the impression that she was trying too hard to defend her position as a feminist and soften the movement/word for men when sometimes it is better to stand in it and not sugarcoat your movement for anyone. Feminism was boiled down to "raise your sons and daughters in a different way" but this largely ignores that the world also raises us.

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  • 20-09-17

Incredible piece

Finished listening to it all in one sitting and i absolutely loved it! Really thought-provoking. Well written and beautifully narrated by the author herself. 10/10!!

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  • 22-04-20

Great point

good point!!. a clear and concise read every one should listing. why are men so fragile?

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  • Phil
  • 24-01-20

The world needs to read and understand this book

Simply a fantastic, to the point book that I wish all human beings would read and take on board.

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  • 21-01-20

Thank you

A tad short but really enjoyed it. I've heard the whole book in snippets online. Almost felt like there was no point in me buying the book besides supporting her craft.

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  • 18-12-19

thought provoking

great listen, gives a deeper meaning towards gender inequality and I see it as an intro and would like to have a deeper conversation,

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  • 30-04-19

Feminism

Loved it, absolutely brilliant narration. Well paced and audible. I felt it could have been longer, but a good read (or listen) nonetheless.

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  • 22-02-19

love it. it is so accurate and so well put. <br />it is

I loved it. My favorite part was when she addressed how we should all play a part in feminism, whether male or female.

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  • 26-12-18

Brilliant material - in point. Thoroughly enjoyed it

Chimamanda; has done it again.

Beautiful- short and sweet; left me in great thought. Thank you for your insights.

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  • 12-08-18

Outstanding must-read

Wonderful book and the author is a brilliant person as well as an incredible narrator.

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  • Mpho
  • 26-06-18

This should be a school textbook!!!

I loved every minute of this book...going back to listen to it a few more times after this!

It's saddening that we still need this message in the 21st century, but there is no better person to teach us that message than Chimamanda. Here's to hoping that there are many, maaany more texts like this to come...patriarchy mentalities, in both men & women, is a disease we need to eradicate...and FAST!