Today’s Homework: Listen to We Should All Be Feminists

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“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognising how we are.”

“We have evolved, but it seems to me that our ideas of gender have not evolved.”

– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If I could have a coffee with anyone it would be Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. You would be a fool to pass up the opportunity to have coffee, (and cake), with the woman responsible for explaining feminism to the 21st century. Not to mention Adichie is an award-winning novelist and non-fiction writer, who seems super funny and super down to earth. She too worries about people taking her seriously in her ‘girly’ outfits.

I had a dream for the first post I would write about Adichie. My dream was to write an insightful piece about the gift Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie bestowed upon humanity when she delivered her Ted Talk in 2013 entitled ‘We Should All Be Feminists’. I wanted to focus on her talk because if I had to explain to anyone why I am a feminist or why I write this blog, I would send them a You Tube link to Adichie’s talk. In doing so I would be confident my point had been made successfully.

Like I said, I had a dream for an insightful blog post. That has not come to pass. The problem with writing about an awe-inspiring speech, turned 50 page pamphlet, is that it does not need anything added to it. I do not want to tread upon Adichie’s message. Instead, I am going to let her speak for herself.

Adichie clearly and convincingly presents a case for why feminism remains relevant today. She addresses intersectional feminism, how we raise our children, and drives home that feminism is for all the sexes. Her insights take the connotations of hate, which are so often aligned with feminism, out of the picture. Adichie does not tell you to hate men, burn your bra or never wear lipgloss. Instead, she makes feminism all about equality. Just as it should be.

For those of you who have not heard the talk, or need encouragement, take 30 minutes out of your day to listen to Adichie’s thoughtful, humourous and insightful reasons on why you should be a feminist.

Because being a feminist really is that simple: “Feminist – a person who believes in the social, political and econmic equality of the sexes.”

Extra for experts

Listen

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston

Buy

Buy We Should All Be Feminists at the Book Depository

Read

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘I decided to call myself a Happy Feminist’ – The Guardian

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