[Mini] Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Synopsis:

What does “feminism” mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essay—adapted from her much-viewed TEDx talk of the same name—by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun.

With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century—one rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiences—in the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroad—offering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike.

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.


I loved this book. It’s a super quick read that showcases why we need feminism including some of the following:

  • Misconceptions of feminism
  • Lilly Ledbetter Law
  • Gender Stereotypes
  • Sexual Double Standards
  • Toxic Masculinity
  • Slut Shaming
  • Rape Culture

That’s just to name a few. The book is only 50 pages or you can watch her Ted Talk on the topic.

While I did really enjoy this book, I still don’t actually support Adichie as a feminist. We agree on almost everything but her “feminism” is exclusive of the trans community. It’s actually pretty ironic because in the book she says that ideas of gender need to evolve yet she says that transgender women have male privilege. That was something at the back of mind the entire time that I was reading this and while I do recommend the book, I really can’t give her credit for much else.

4 out of 5 stars.


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Discussion Series: Intro

Hi friends,

So my friend Hobbo (no, that’s not his real name) sent me a link a little while ago that made me want to start a discussion series about topics that are currently very relevant and that many people don’t always want to talk about.

The way that this will work is that I will post a link to the article that I will be discussing and write a response to it.

I expect that this will spark a discussion. I want it to. That being said, I know that everyone will not always fully agree with me. Feel free to disagree, share your experience, but act like an adult. Don’t attack people for disagreeing with you. No name calling. Do not use offensive words or slurs. I will not tolerate it.

I also want to make it clear that I am by no means attacking these people by responding to their articles, but explaining why I disagree with them. I will follow the same rules that I expect others to follow.

Feel free to send me articles that you’ve read that you think will fit into the series, or even write your own post and I can reblog or post it as a guest post.

The first post will be up in the next week so stay tuned.

~Rae


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Upcoming Discussion Series!

Hey friends!

So I mentioned a little while ago that I was in both a reading and writing slump, but I’m back!

To get things going again, I’m going to start doing a discussion series based on a few articles that one of my friends from uni sent me. It will pretty much be social justice related cause that’s part of what I do but I will also have some book reviews coming up!

So I’ll have an intro to the discussion series before actually getting into the actual series to explain how it’s going to work and all that so stay tuned.

Talk soon!

~Rae


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No This or That this week

As you may have noticed, no question this week. There’s a lot going on and I’ve been super busy (as you can see by lack of posts in general).

As far as This or That goes, I’m debating whether or not I will stop after I hit 100. So if you have suggestions for the next 11 let me know. I have next week’s question prepared already so see you then

~Rae

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This or That? #89 (Conclusion)

Hello,

This week we talked about whether we prefer thriller/mystery or fantasy/sci-fi. 75% prefer fantasy. 23% chose mystery and 2% said they don’t read either genre. I can’t say that I’m surprised by these results. A lot of the most popular books out right now and that are highly recommend happen to be fantasy.

Make sure you check out posts this week from Journey into Books, Sarah @ Sarah Withers Blogs  and Lindsey @ Paradis Books to see which genre they prefer.

That’s all for now, see you again Monday 🙂

~Rae


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Black Lives Matter

Lift Magazine

Jordan Edwards, Rest in Power

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From the family:

“Not only have Jordan’s brothers lost their best friend; they witnessed firsthand his violent, senseless, murder,” the statement reads. “Their young lives will forever be altered. No one, let alone young children, should witness such horrific, unexplainable, violence.”

83 Black Americans have been shot and killed by police this year* according The Washington Post’s database.

Trevon Johnson

James E. Lewis

Mark Guirguis

James Owens

Ruben Randolph

Jamal Parks

JR Williams

Davion Henderson

Darrion Barnhill

Jahlire Nicholson

Herbert Johnson

Marquis Thomas

Ronnie Lee Shorter

Christopher Thompkins

Armond Brown

Arties Manning

Kevin Darnell Washington

Deaundre Phillips

Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens

Marvin Washington

an unidentified man

Tavis Crane

Michael Russo

Jamake Cason Thomas

Johnnie J. Harris

Nano Adomako

Shelly Porter

Jerome Allen

Cole Wooley

Curtis Jamal Deal

Chad Robertson

Quanice Derrick Hayes

Jocques Scott Clemmons

Carlos Keith Blackman

Darryl L. Fuqua

Alonzo E. Ashely

Willard Eugene Scott

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Victim Blaming

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Misfit Spirit

A friend of mine posted a photo on Facebook the other day. She’s a beautiful woman with long blonde hair, an expertly done smokey eye, red lips, and a “fuck you” look on her face. She was wearing black pants, black combat boots, a black and white plaid shirt, unbuttoned and tied at her hips. Underneath her shirt she wore a bright pink bra. And in her hands she held a sign. That sign, along with her outfit, caused so much debate. Her sign read…

“JUST BECAUSE SHE’S DRUNK DOESN’T MEAN SHE WANTS TO FUCK.”

Powerful message right? She posted it along with a little excerpt that can be surmised as saying that what she wears doesn’t dictate what someone is allowed to do to her; just as her level of intoxication doesn’t make it okay for someone to touch her. She said that she isn’t an object, and that…

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