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Sunday, 9 August 2015

We Should all Be Feminists

Hi everyone, I hope you're well. I've been thinking that I am definitely due a lifestyle post and for those of you who don't follow me on Twitter you may not know what some of my views are. So I thought that this would be the perfect introduction.


Some of you may have heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Beyoncé's self- titled album on the song Flawless. In it, she explains what a feminist is in the most basic terms. This was taken from her Ted Talk presentation that she did in April 2013 and this demonstrates her views on feminism some of her experiences as a woman in Nigeria. Although there are cultural differences, I resonated with Chimamanda's experiences and helped me understand feminism and its affects a lot more. After this talk I decided to buy the accompanying short ebook of the same name.


Adichie is a renowned novelist and this short story/ anecdote gets 5 stars from me. You can purchase here. It is a great read and allows us to see our experiences written down and articulated and dismantled in a way even I could understand. Feminism and what it means has gained more interest in the media and I think it is less of a taboo word that use to describe men- hating women who refuse to shave and burn bras. To me, a feminist is a person that wants to dismantle a harmful and destructive patriarchal structure that harms women and men alike and believes in equality for all genders. There is much more to feminism than the basic definition above and links closely to major issues like racism, homophobia, transphobia etc. 

What do you think of feminism? I urge you to do some online research before drawing any final conclusions and ignore any pre-conceived stereotypes. Let me know if you want me to do more book reviews.

Renée (proud intersectional feminist)



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