NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The highly acclaimed, provocative essay on feminism and sexual politics—from the award-winning author of Americanah
In this personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from the much-admired TEDx talk of the same name—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.
Its tough to imagine anyone other than Adichie narrating the audio edition of her feminist manifesto, which originated as a TED Talk and was later adapted into a book. Many listeners will recognize the Nigerian writer's voice and words from pop star Beyonc 's song "Flawless," which featured sound bites from Adichie's original speech. Here, those sound bites are put into context and given weight as Adichie lays out her creed. Her voice is both gentle and confident as she takes listeners through the deeply conditioned sexism she has encountered, beginning with her encounters with the label "feminist" growing up and drawing on her own experiences as well as those of other women in her life. She coolly relays the story of a woman in Nigeria who decided to sell her house because she didn't want to intimidate a man who might want to marry her, followed by another story of an unmarried woman who wears a wedding ring to conferences so that her colleagues show her more respect. Adichie presents these anecdotes in a deliberate, matter-of-fact style. She keeps heightened emotions and urgency out of her voice, instead making use of poignant pauses to let what is she is saying sink in. It's a powerful message, recorded in a way that will make people listen again and again. A Vintage paperback. \n\n\nThis review has been corrected. An earlier version listed the wrong paperback publisher.
Loved every word of it!
I chose this book since it’s on a school reading summer list and the word “feminist” always catches my eye, but it was so empowering to read and put feelings and experiences I’ve gone through into words which has always been difficult for me. I loved every word.
Amazing essay. It was insightful and intriguing. It provided an excellent argument for the concepts of sex, gender, and feminism. This essay is a good resource that could be use in a forum such as a debate