Yesterday on one of my usual Waterstones ramblings I came across this small but eye-catching book. It is an essay adapted from a very popular Ted talk delivered by the wonderful Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I had heard good things about it before and couldn’t resist picking it up. I was of course very drawn to the title, because I am a feminist and indeed feminism is an issue that is very relevant to today’s world and is being raised more and more. I’m always very pleasantly surprised when the issue is brought up in university because where I went to school feminism wasn’t something that was ever really talked about.
There have also been issues being raised regarding ‘white feminism’, which is the fact that white women have a much narrower view of feminism than black women do because they are more privileged. This is why Ngozi Adichie’s point of view as a Nigerian woman is so important.
The book is written in a really easy to read and engaging fashion and it really breaks down and explains sexism in today’s society (particulary in Nigeria). It had logical arguments that really show how absurd sexism in today’s society is. It is really empowering and leaves us with a feeling that we can change the way the world thinks. Not to mention it is also hilarious.
I recommend this book to everyone and anyone who can read. We should all be feminists.
Here is the actual TED talk :