Mrs Wilson's been reading..

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie *****

A short essay based on her 2013 TEDx talk of the same name. In this engaging essay she make the case for why, regardless of gender, we should all be feminists and why it isn't enough just to accept the cultural norms that continue to mean women and men aren't equals. She talks about it through examples from her life and experiences in the USA and Nigeria.

I loved it so many of her ideas ring true and I've experienced similar things in my own life. I particularly liked her explanation of why we should use the word feminism:

"Some people ask: "Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?" Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general - but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human."
It's a book felt to have such an important message that a Swedish charity has organised for every 16 year old in Sweden is getting a copy

The thing is it's a short book but the ideas are big and stay with you long after the book is closed. 

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