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Chimamanda Adichie On Feminism and Its Impact On women

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FEMINISM: The popular Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie defines a feminist as “a person who believes in the social, economic and political equality of the sexes”. Feminism and the agitation for equality have been around for a long time but now it is being more pronounced; marriages inclusive. Society is beginning to accept feminism but some are still finding the concept hard to understand and it is having impacts on marriages.

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Renowned feminists like ChimamandaNgoziAdichie, Maya Angelou, and Oprah Winfrey have all had their say on how feminism works. Maya Angelou’s quote tells women to decide to not be reduced by people “you may control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them”. Maya Angelou through her literature and public speaking has preached equality of the sexes which in turn inspires women to overcome gender discrimination.

Oprah Winfrey’s life story is another inspiration and a source of motivation for youths especially females. She was paid less than her male counterparts at the beginning of her broadcasting career before she broke out and decided to start her own television show. She once said she never considers herself a feminist but as a woman, she’s one “I never did consider or call myself a feminist, but I don’t think you can really be a woman in this world and not be”.

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More so, there’s been a lot on the issue of feminism and marriage dissatisfaction, in as much as women around the world are now being allowed the right to work, to drive, to vote. Many would argue that equality hasn’t really gotten to the domestic level, to homes as women are still seen as the ones bestowed with the sole responsibility of caring for the family. It is evident in cases of divorce when the women might become financially unstable but still maintain a high emotional bond with their children but the reverse is the case for men.

Notably, Chimamanda has been speaking publicly about feminism and has written two books on feminism: “We Should All Be Feministsand “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”.

In the book, “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” which was written in form of a letter to her friend, she wrote what in these modern times could be called a feminist’s guide in marriage and/or feminism and marriage equality even though it was a suggestion to the friends on how to raise her child, it was something that should be applied in a marriage that seeks the rule of equality; she suggested that responsibilities should be carried by both parents in training the child which is everything except breastfeeding for the father and the third suggestion was that gender role is absolute nonsense.

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 I had read the book with a friend to be discussed later. Meanwhile, in the course of discussing the issue of feminism and marriage, she had more of critiquing to do concerning the way marriage works which isn’t sitting well with her as a feminist. She pointed out that unmarried men aren’t talked about with so much scorn or disdain as an unmarried woman and an unmarried man is called a bachelor and/or an eligible bachelor but it’s not so for the unmarried woman who’s constantly reminded in one way or the other that there’s a sort of timer for her. Reminded of the need for children now that her back is still “strong enough” to carry them. Reminded of menopause. This rings a bell in the way society sees feminism and feminists.

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Feminism does not only have impacts on marriages but on every other sector of the society and it is left to us to have a better understanding of the concept before we decide to be called a feminist or before we tackle them for being stubborn women. Meanwhile, feminism doesn’t restrict you from being happily married.

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