Wednesday, 12 April 2017

“I Want Girls To Reject Likeablity” – Chimamanda Adichie Speaks On How To Raise A Feminist


In an interview at the Women in the World Summit in New York City, Chimamanda shared her thoughts on the new wave of feminism – even in the Trump era.  

ON REJECTING LIKE-ABILITY 

 There’s a terrible, dangerous, cultural mindset that says to women, ‘You need to be liked.’ I think it’s nice to be liked, we all like to be liked, even men, everybody. But it is women who are raised with that and we internalize it and so it ships everything we do.
The same reason I think many women who are truly assaulted sometimes hold back from speaking out, women who are in positions that they find difficult and uncomfortable but they are still worried about the likability, they are still worried about “how can I tell this subordinate that he or she isn’t doing something right but still be liked?” And I’m just thinking, just be yourself and do your job, somebody is going to like you.
ON WHAT FEMINISM LITE IS 

 Feminism lite is the idea of conditional female equality. It’s the idea that you are not equal to a man but a man has to treat you nicely. But for me, it’s deeply dehumanizing because it suggests that a woman’s well being depends on the benevolence of a man and I think in some ways its even more dangerous than simply not being a feminist.

CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK ABOUT MASCULINITY

 We need to deconstruct the way we think about masculinity and femininity. Feminism is for men, too. Masculinity is also a cage that limits men — what if we raised them to think of masculinity as very different? What if we raised them to be ashamed of macho behavior?” 

 TEACH YOUR KIDS TO STAND UP AND FIGHT

 Feminism cannot be a passive identity. It has to be something we stand up and fight for.

SOURCE : Woman.ng

 Did You Like This Post?DROP YOUR THOUGHTS!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for taking your time to read this post.

Please SHARE With Your Friends!