Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dear Ijeawele: or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, 69 pgs.

A friend asked for advice on raising her daughter so Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote her a letter with advice on how to be sure the new baby grows up to be a strong, confident feminist.  These fifteen suggestions seem so obvious written down but it is a great list starting with the advice that the mother be a "full person."  Motherhood is wonderful but if your daughter sees you doing nothing else, you are giving her the message that she should do nothing else.The final suggestion is to teach her that difference is ordinary and normal.  Be careful that you are not teaching her to be non-judgmental or  without opinion but know that her opinions are hers alone.  Not everyone will share them.

A lovely letter.

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