We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 5/5⭐️
I decided to pick this book up this morning when my son & fiancé started playing some Mario kart and I was drinking my breakfast smoothie! (Recipe at the bottom!) It’s a small 50 page read, but it’s powerful! It gets right to the point of gender inequalities.
The author shares a lot of ways she’s personally, or friends close to her, have experienced certain treatments because they are female.
She describes her own definition of a feminist to be – a man or woman who says, “Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.” All of us must do better, no matter your gender.
There were several points that resonated with me while reading this book but I wanted to touch on two. Although I’m going to touch on two points here, I definitely recommend picking up a copy of this to soak up everything she discusses.
The first point is a small one but I couldn’t help but think this. The author talks about her grandmother and how strong of a woman she was, a feminist in her day, but there was no definition of it back then. She mentions wondering what her grandmother would have been, could have done, if she’d have the same opportunities as men during her youth. That really resonated with me because I wonder what the whole world would be like today if women everywhere weren’t silenced hundreds of years ago, or even today.
The second point that really got me thinking was her comment on how some men may respond to feminism by saying, “Okay, this is interesting, but I don’t think like that. I don’t even think about gender.” Maybe not. But that’s part of the problem. A lot of people (men and women) think that everything is fine now, but it’s not. The author goes into a few examples at this point and talks about how gender can be uncomfortable, but speaking out in situations of gender inequality is what starts the conversation and keeps it moving. This also resonated with me as I’ve been reading books on racism and white privilege. People need to speak out, even though these discussions about race may be uncomfortable, you need to speak out and keep the conversation going. The author discusses that in regards to gender, men still have the privileges of being men. So even though I’m white & working on antiracism, I have the privilege of being white. We need more. We need to be antiracist, we need to see gender, stand up & speak out for the injustices & inequalities that others face.
I think everyone with a heartbeat should read this.
SMOOTHIE RECIPE: Good Morning Chunky Monkey! 🐒
-2 large bananas (frozen & peeled)
-1 cup milk
-3/4 cup ice
-1/4 cup peanut butter
-2 tbsp cocoa powder
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-1 tbsp instant coffee
-blend until smooth
(Makes enough for two people)