Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
My Rating: 5 Stars
Number Of Pages: 48
Year Of Publication: 2014
This is a modified version of a talk I delivered in December 2012 at TEDxEuston, a yearly conference focused on Africa. Speakers from diverse fields deliver concise talks aimed at challenging and inspiring Africans and friends of Africa. I had spoken at a different TED conference a few years before, giving a talk titled 'The Danger of the Single Story' about how stereotypes limit and shape our thinking, especially about Africa. It seems to me that the word feminist, and the idea of feminism itself, is also limited by stereotypes. When my brother Chuks and best friend Ike, both co-organizers of the TEDxEuston conference, insisted that I speak, I could not say no. I decided to speak about Feminism because it is something I feel strongly about. I suspected that it might not be a very popular subject, but I hoped to start a necessary conversation. And so that evening as I stood onstage, I felt as though I was in the presence of family- a kind and attentive audience, but one that might resist the subject of my talk. At the end, their standing ovation gave me hope.- Written by the Author.
"Nuanced and rousing."- Vogue
"Adichie is so smart about so many things."- San Francisco Chronicle
Some Excerpts From The Book
"We say to girls, 'You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. If you are the breadwinner in your relationship with a man, pretend that you are not, especially in public, otherwise you will emasculate him.'"
"The language of marriage is often a language of ownership, not of partnership. We use the word respect for something a woman shows a man, but not often for something a man shows a woman."
"We police girls. We praise girls for virginity but we don't praise boys for virginity (and it makes me wonder how exactly this is supposed to work out, since the loss of virginity is a process that usually involves two people of opposite genders)"
|she's so beautiful :' )|
The Thing Around Your Neck
Half of a Yellow Sun
and Purple Hibiscus ..
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