Should we all be feminists?

February 7, 2017

 Feminism is a term I’ve been hearing constantly these past months.

 

Even before that, it was a word I was familiar with.

 

What I never thought about was that this issue, this fight, doesn’t concern women only. 


During the break, my sister gave me a book titled, We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

 

At first I was unsure if it was going to be something I’d be interested in.

 

I finished it during the night and to my surprise, it made a huge impact on me. 


The book is about what being a feminist means to her, and how it influenced her during her life as a child in Nigeria and her life now.

 

She talks about feminism so clearly and intellectually, and it makes so much sense.


 Adichie also writes about how everyone should be a feminist, because everyone can relate to feminism, but it’s up to them to do something about it.

 

Adichie mentions in her book how her childhood friend, a boy, told her she was a feminist, and how he didn’t mean it as a compliment, but as something he was accusing her of. 


She was also advised by a journalist not to call herself a feminist, because only women that couldn’t find a husband called themselves that.


 She talks about how the biggest feminist she’s ever know is her brother, so she encourages everyone to fight for women’s rights, just like they’ve been doing in the last march that took place in Washington DC.

 
I never thought about myself as a feminist, I felt that the word was related to something negative.

 

Even now, people still have many stigmas relating the word feminism.


When I was younger I was afraid of calling myself a feminist because I thought that being a feminist was something radical, but it’s not.

 

It’s something that everyone should be proud to call themselves.

 

You won’t lose your manhood if you call yourself a feminist, but you have to make sure that you believe in what you’re fighting for. 


I’m not afraid to say that I’m a feminist anymore, and that I stand up for the rights that we as women deserve.

 

There are still many things that can be done and that need to be done so women can enjoy being equal. 


Adichie opened my eyes with this book, she helped me be less afraid of being a part of this movement that has been going on for years.

 

If you’re having doubts about feminism, or are at least curious about it, I really recommend you to read this book, it’s short and easy to read, I assure you won’t be disappointed. 

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