OWLS Readathon: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Review

By Kendra Sue - May 09, 2020

Short, sweet and to the point. I wish I’d read this sooner. It makes such valid points and I’m glad I took the time to read it. This was for my OWLS Readathon a book less than 150 pages and let me tell you, it took me less than 24 hours to read. I only stopped reading at one point because I had to go to sleep.

“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”

One of my favorite quotes throughout the book stood out to me because we focus so much on gender and less about the kind of people we are despite our gender. As a nonbinary person myself, I don’t see gender the way a cis person might because I don’t see gender in myself. I’m agender and I lack the idea of gender for myself. Some might call me a woman due to the parts I was born with, but I don’t. And I see equal opportunity, or want to see equal opportunity for everyone regardless of their gender. And I think this book does a good job of showing points of lack of feminism in certain cultures and how it’s become so demonized.

I gave this book a 5/5 stars because it really opened up my eyes to gender and the differences people face just because they are women. I already knew most of the oppression women face due to appearing and acting like a woman myself, but hearing stories from friends and hearing stuff on the internet, this book just made things a bit more prevalent for me.

I'm really glad I took the time to read this and I hope anyone who gets the chance to pick this up reads it and enjoys it as much as I did.

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