- Paperback: 64 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (Feb. 3 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 110191176X
- ISBN-13: 978-1101911761
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 0.7 x 15.8 cm
- Shipping Weight: 68 g
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
We Should All Be Feminists Paperback – Feb 3 2015
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
“Nuanced and rousing.” —Vogue
“Adichie is so smart about so many things.” —San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of award-winning and bestselling novels, including Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, and the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, she divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.See all Product description
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Showing 1-8 of 49 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Adichie also talks about how feminism is a part of human rights, but the term cannot be replaced by simply saying that one supports human rights because feminism specifically addresses the historical exclusion and oppression of half the human race—women. “For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution to the problem should acknowledge that.” (p. 41)
My favourite moment in the book, the point that I keep going back to in my mind and saying a silent “YES!” to, is when Adichie talks about how anger can be a positive thing, a catalyst for change. “Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change.” (p. 21) I couldn’t agree more!
I am hesitant to criticize anything about this book because it is so necessary. However, there were a couple of things about it that irked me. On page 16 she writes “women can have babies, men cannot” as a way of describing the biological differences between the sexes. Well, no, actually, not all women can have babies, and the ability to have a baby doesn’t make one woman more a woman than another. Also, this book seems to focus on a heterosexual view of humanity, and I think that an essay on feminism today should include LGBT people’s experiences. For example, on page 32, Adichie writes, “the loss of virginity is a process that usually involves two people of opposite genders.” This view doesn’t take into account the experiences of those with other types of sexual expression. In order for me to have given this book a higher rating, it would have to have been more intersectional.
All in all, I am thrilled that We Should All Be Feminists is so popular and that many people are reading it. As Adichie states in her conclusion, the definition of feminist is simply “a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” (p. 47) In other words, until we as humans have achieved equality of the sexes, feminism will still be necessary.
Not sure what she thinks of it just yet, but was was happy that it showed up in time for Xmas
Want to see more reviews on this item?