We Should All Be Feminists #BookReview #weshouldallbefeminists #africa #bookworm #nonfiction @vintageanchor @adichengozi

Synopsis from Penguin Random House:

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The highly acclaimed, provocative essay on feminism and sexual politics—from the award-winning author of Americanah

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

About: We Should All Be Feminists is a nonfiction essay written by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It was published on 2/3/2015 by Anchor Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, paperback, 64 pages. The genres are Africa social justice, nonfiction, politics, and adult nonfiction. According to the publisher’s website, “Founded in 1953 Anchor Books is the oldest trade paperback publisher in America. The goal was to make inexpensive editions of modern classics widely available to college students and the adult public. Today, Anchor’s list boasts award-winning history, science, women’s studies, sociology, and quality fiction.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: I started reading We Should All Be Feminists on 4/21/2022 and finished it that same night. Fantastic read! I loved the author’s story on being a class monitor and being a leader. I loved her story about the tips she paid for parking in Lagos. I do liked how intelligent play a deciding role in choosing a leader in today’s society as compared to the past where strength mattered more. I agree with the author’s discussion about teaching boys and girls to have the same skills and outlook in life from a young age. I can understand how men and women were treated differently in Lagos because in Vietnam where I was born, the same gender issues occurred. The author’s story about rape reminded me of the rape happened in India that was worldwide news. I read many news articles during that time and often people blamed on what she wore or why she was out late at night. Nobody pointed out why it’s the men’s business what she does. Who gave the men the right to harm her. It’s definitely sad that women have to pretend to be married by wearing a wedding band just to receive respect from others.

The author started the story by informing readers that this book is a modified version of her TEDxEuston talk. This talk is an annual conference with a focus on Africa. She spoke about feminism, a topic she thought the audience will resist but she got a surprise when they gave her a standing ovation. Then the story began, where the author told a story about her childhood friend Okoloma. He was like a big brother to her and she respected his opinions. He was also the first person to call her at age 14, a feminist. It was hard for her to deal with when he died in a plane crash later. Then she informed readers that in 2003, she wrote a book called Purple Hibiscus, which was about a man who beat his wife. A journalist in Nigeria told her that people were saying her novel was feminist and that she shouldn’t call herself feminist because it’s reserved for unhappy women without a husband. She began calling herself a Happy Feminist but an academic Nigerian woman told her that feminism wasn’t their culture. She then called herself Happy African Feminist but her friend told her that if she’s a feminist then she must be hating on men. And on it went. The story moved on to discuss gender inequality.

We Should All Be Feminists was well written and a fast paced read. I enjoyed reading the author’s experiences greatly. I can also relate because I was born in one country and living in another. In US, women can be more independent than in other parts of the world. But like the author pointed out, wages between men and women are still different. I enjoyed the author’s discussion on culture. Everyone is stuck on following traditions that they don’t realize the practices no longer apply to modern day. Reading about twins being killed due to the belief of omen reminded me of a book I read last year, The Girls in the Wild Fig Tree written by Nice Leng’ete. The author from that book got rid of the tradition to cut preteen girls off her clitoris to be considered a woman. So culture and traditions definitely need a change! I agree with everything the author wrote so I guess I’m a Happy Feminist too! I highly recommend everyone to read this book!

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of award-winning and best-selling novels, including Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun; the short-story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and the essays We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).

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***Many thanks to Vintage & Anchor Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

xoxo,

Jasmine

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