When I say that lot of people have heard about We Should All Be Feminists in some way, I don’t think I exaggerate. Personally, I watched it first time while browsing various TED talks and continued spreading it wider with my friends. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie doesn’t say much new, except, for me, interesting insight into Nigerian’s society and attitude to women, but that seems to be the point of success. Unfortunately, black feminists seems to be underrepresented, as far as I’m concerned – maybe I can be terribly wrong, in that case, let me know. Who is, on the other hand, speaking out about uncomfortable truths in Nigeria and in USA, is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
In We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks about gender differences and discrimination, about her experiences back in Lagos, negative connotations of a simple word ‘feminist’, which she has learned already at young age, social pressure and other reasons, why being feminist really matter for our generations and many more to come.
We Should All Be Feminists is an adapted version on this talk and once you watch it, there is no surprise in the book itself. No additional story, no more elaborated issues and I would say it is almost unfortunate. While the format and length of this essay is very good from many reasons, such us uncomplicated language and no theory, maybe it gives a little bit too personalized view on feminism, but that’s an essay anyway.
All in all, readers can gain an insight on how does it feel to be a woman in Nigeria, get to know the author little bit and We Should All Be Feminists can also work as an easy introduction into the issues feminism is dealing with. Saying that, I believe it’s a perfect read for young students and no wonder Sweden has followed the same idea, read about it here and here. No joke.