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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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it was amazing
bookshelves: feminism, 2019-final-reading-list, one-sitting-books

"Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture."

This small book - or rather essay - is extremely important. I really wish more people read this. It's very accessible and very small - can be read in one sitting. I've decided to reread this every year.

(After finishing the book I watched the TED talk and the book is essentially the transcript of the talk. Both are equally impactful. Those who don't want to read can watch the talk here:
Though I really wish the author had expanded and added more to the book.)

It highlights from the author's own examples and from numerous other examples the subtle sexism that's faced both by men and women and how our society has ingrained this sexism and made it acceptable. How it's a loss for everyone directly or indirectly. How gender bias affects women in such small and large ways.

The author urges everyone to be feminist. She also clearly explains why feminism is the correct word to use and not say "human rights". I really liked that explanation.

Raises super important points like:
"If we do something over and over, it becomes normal. If we see the same thing over and over, it becomes normal. If only boys are made class monitor, then at some point we will all think, even if unconsciously, that the class monitor has to be a boy. If we keep seeing only men as heads of corporations, it starts to seem “natural” that only men should be heads of corporations."

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Quotes Alok Liked

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“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 that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Reading Progress

March 23, 2019 – Started Reading
March 23, 2019 – Shelved
March 23, 2019 – Shelved as: feminism
March 23, 2019 – Shelved as: 2019-final-reading-list
March 23, 2019 – Shelved as: one-sitting-books
March 24, 2019 – Finished Reading

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