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Book review: We should all be feminists

My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better

~ Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dynamites sure come in small packages, for a small book it sure offers a lot of food for thought. We should all be Feminists was adapted from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s popular TEDx talk were she argues that being a feminist is not a bad thing and that we should all aim to be that. And she is right about the fact that people often view feminists as angry people who lack a sense of humour, hate men as well as bras and think women should always be in charge, who don’t wear make use nor use deodorant. Eww! So Adichie, breaker of stereotypes, decided to call herself a happy feminist who does not hate men and likes to wear lipgloss and high heels for herself and not for men. Quite a mouthful, but that is a kind of feminism that i can resonate with. One that is not driven by hate of the male, one that offers males a seat on the table as well. We all need to unlearn, they can start by simple correcting other male counterparts e.g the example of the waiters who greet only the males when you both enter a restaurant or people who thank the man when a woman offers them the tip. I have experienced this, maybe that is why i am so agreeable to her that we should all be angry (not at men) anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. She describes her male privileges in Nigeria but we can relate to each and everyone of it because it is universal. I so want to give it a 10/10 because it is such a well written manual, do read it here it will barely take you 20 minutes but your mind will feel rather enriched.

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