REVIEW: Dear Ijeawele or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie's letter of response. Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions--compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive--for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can "allow" women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

“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.” 
I am in love with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. To be honest, I have been since I watched a video of her giving a TED Talk on her book, We Should All Be Feminists, a few years ago. You should go to Youtube and watch it right now, because then you will be in love with her too. She is just so amazing and eloquent and wonderful. In Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, she is not breaking new ground or tossing up new ways of thought, she is stating what should have been obvious but, in a world where we have conditioned to act in a certain way in accordance with our gender identity, are not. Oh, it’s just fabulous. Like, receiving a warm letter of encouragement from a friend - her tone translating in a way that does not isolate the reader from the conversation that Chimamanda and Ijeawele are having but instead, welcomes them into it with open arms. And, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions has become a book that I can not help but want to press into the hands of everyone that I meet.

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