Wednesday, 5 October 2016

We Should All Be Feminists // Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Today’s post is a relatively simple one, and something I urge every single one of you reading this post to do, and that is read, specifically the book-length essay, ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which has been labelled as ‘21st Century Feminism’, and I couldn’t agree more.

Now, if you’re an active BeyoncĂ© fan, (and let’s face it who isn’t) then you would have heard extracts of the speech spoken by Chimamanda in BeyoncĂ©’s song Flawless, along with the book being popular within the media, with one review when it was first published in 2014 being, ‘It just might be the most important book you read all year’, and I couldn’t agree more.

I could sit, re-write and create an in-depth review of the book for you now, or try to influence your decisions on Feminism by saying ‘X’, ‘Y’ or ‘Z’, but I’m not going to do that. Whether you want to believe it or not, we live in a world that is unequal on a number of levels, and it will take a long time to change it. Ultimately it is your choice or not whether you choose to read this book or not, however, I will add that feminism and equality is something that the world is slowly tackling for the good, and whether you consider yourself a feminist or not, or whether you don’t know much on the topic of feminism and are simply looking to explore, read the book, it will take you no longer than half an hour and it may open your eyes to another side of the world we live in (that is if you want to help open them.)

I leave you with one of the many sections in the book that struck a cord with me, and simply reminded me of a sometimes unfair world we live in.

‘A guard at the entrance stopped me and asked me annoying questions – What was the name and number of the person I was visiting? Did I know this person? Could I prove that I was a hotel guest by showing him my key card? – because the automatic assumption is that a Nigerian female walking into a hotel alone is a sex worker. Because a Nigerian female alone cannot possibly be a guest paying for her own room.’

Beki x

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