"Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture."
-Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists
This book is essential reading. I read it last year and rated it a 5/5. I would suggest you give a copy of this book to every woman or man who snickers at the word #feminism in order to let them have some clarity. Chimamanda has done such a great job with this, going into great depths and taking everyday instances and explaining the politics behind simple things or the history of patriarchy and how it should affect us in the modern day. She does this all patiently and while the book serves an important goal, it doesn't at any instance get boring to read. And if this is a book by #ChimamandaNgozieAdichie, needless to say, the writing is beautiful.
At certain instances in the book, through certain examples, Chimamanda also explains how one's cultural setting contributes to the kind of discrimination they face. And I think while feminism is important, #intersectionality in one's feminist take is just as significant. To briefly explain, #intersectionalfeminism aims to broaden the agenda of the first wave of feminism. We must aim to understand that our various social identities, as race, gender, sexuality, class or even caste, contributes to the kind of #systemicoppression and discrimination we experience and that it varies in configuration and intensity. Basically, it serves to draw attention to the different invisibilities that exist in feminism, in #antiracism, #anticaste, #classpolitics, etc. Even in a movement which serves to fight oppression, we must understand the ways in which power is sustained and thus pay attention to the #privilege held by a certain people because if are to strive for #equalityforall, it is most important that we pay heed to the voiceless, the marginalised that have come to be because of these power dynamics. And the first step to it is ofcourse, acknowledgement.
📌Q: What has been your favourite piece of feminist literature?