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.
What I loved about Chimamanda’s views is that she says gender issues are a problem for both men and women. Even as a child, I recognized the hardships and discrimination that girls and women faced and thought men have it easy, while women are the only ones struggling. Having read Nancy R.Smith’s brilliant poem a few months back, my perspective was changed. I understood that both genders are facing issues of their own and we need to teach our daughters and sons to be themselves.
I was extremely happy to read a book that put my own scrambled thoughts in coherent words. I was nodding my head in agreement after reading each sentence. Every now and then, I recalled old memories or the experiences of women I knew and became quite overwhelmed. The year has just begun, but I know that this book will be one of my best reads of 2016.
I would call this book a perfect beginner’s guide to feminism, maybe even egalitarianism. If I haven’t convinced you to read this book yet, you might be interested when you know that every 16-year-old in Sweden is being given this wonderful book. I would recommend it to everyone, especially to the people who incorrectly think that feminism isn’t needed anymore or feminism equals man-hating.