By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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From the best-selling writer of Americanah and We should still All Be Feminists comes a robust new assertion approximately feminism today--written as a letter to a pal.
A few years in the past, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie bought a letter from an expensive pal from formative years, asking her the right way to bring up her female descendant as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response.
listed here are fifteen priceless suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly humorous, and perceptive--for the way to empower a daughter to turn into a powerful, self sustaining lady. From encouraging her to decide on a helicopter, and never just a doll, as a toy if she so wishes; having open conversations along with her approximately outfits, make-up, and sexuality; debunking the parable that ladies are in some way biologically prepared to be within the kitchen making dinner, and that males can "allow" ladies to have complete careers, Dear Ijeawele is going correct to the center of sexual politics within the twenty-first century. it is going to begin a brand new and urgently wanted dialog approximately what it fairly capability to be a girl this present day.
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I used to say that often. But now I choose not to. ’ Because I do not believe that marriage is something we should teach young girls to aspire to. Try not to use words like ‘misogyny’ and ‘patriarchy’ too often with Chizalum. We feminists can sometimes be too jargony, and jargon can sometimes feel too abstract. Don’t just label something misogynistic; tell her why it is, and tell her what would make it not be. Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women.
So her teachers will be fantastic at teaching her mathematics and science and art and music, but you will have to do the pride-teaching yourself. Teach her about privilege and inequality and the importance of giving dignity to everyone who does not mean her harm – teach her that the household help is human just like her, teach her always to greet the driver. ’ Give her an Igbo nickname. When I was growing up, my Aunty Gladys called me Ada Obodo Dike. I always loved that. Apparently my village, Ezi-Abba, is known as the Land of Warriors and to be called Daughter of the Land of Warriors was deliciously heady.
This is dangerous. Many sexual predators have capitalized on this. Many girls remain silent when abused because they want to be nice. Many girls spend too much time trying to be ‘nice’ to people who do them harm. Many girls think of the ‘feelings’ of those who are hurting them. This is the catastrophic consequence of likeability. We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make themselves likeable.