book review · Human rights · men · women

‘WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS’: Review by Kayode Gideon Balogun


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in this book really dealt with the reasons and poignant truths about why we have increased number of frailish and failed marriages nowadays.
I highlighted on virtually all the pages of the book with my highlighter pen. Each page is heavily pregnant with numerous heart-rending truths.
I strongly recommend this book to every single man/woman, married man/woman and most especially, mothers.
I had to read the 52-page book twice back to back in order to knock the truths deeper into my consciousness.
Here are two out of my numerous high points of the book:
“We spend too much time teaching the girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don’t teach boys to care about being likeable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons. All over the world, there so many magazine articles and books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women.”
“My great-grandmother, from stories I’ve heard, was a feminist. She ran away from the house of the man she did not want to marry and married the man of her choice. She refused, protested, spoke up whenever she felt she was being deprived of land and access because she was female. She did not know that word ‘feminist’. But it doesn’t mean she wasn’t one.”
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