Joe Bliven

We Should All Be Feminists
By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

January 27th, 2019

Well this essay is a perfectly concise explanation of why feminsim is extremely important today even more than ever and how it's important not just for women but for men as well. It serves up the major bullet points for what feminism really means in the 21st Century since often many people are confused about it. The problem is I'm not sure it would be an effective explanation for those who are currently confused about feminism. If you have already heard about and thought about all of the things presented in this essay then you know what she means but if you aren't familiar with these things then I don't believe it would really spark any new understanding. Here's what I mean: I have met many people in the U.S. who don't understand feminism, usually they think all the goals of feminism have been met just like the author's male friend in the story. If any of them read this essay they would probably dismiss most of her examples as things that only happen in Nigeria. In the U.S. women are allowed in night clubs by themselves for example. Any of the examples that do apply to the U.S. or even that nearly apply with certain small changes aren't really pushed in a compelling way. I appreciate that I got to read about one woman's experience in her native country with being a woman and a feminist. It's important to share these sorts of stories and experiences to grow as species and move past these problems. I just don't feel as though my understanding of feminism grew in any way from reading this book, and I can't think of anyone who would grow from reading this. It feels like it was written in an echo chamber, anyone who's in there with her has already heard it before and anyone outside can't hear it. It's like a book report that only makes sense to people who've read the book. We should all be feminists, toxic masculinity hurts all of us even men, and the fight for gender equality is far from over. I agree with every opinion in this book but that doesn't make it a convincing argument, I've just been previously convinced.