Day 8 -Chimamanda's Feminist Story Telling
Day 8 of our #12FeministsofChristmas and Linda Hooper highlights the importance of storytelling in spreading the message about feminism in a non-complicated manner. She points to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's work in this area:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an author who has also presented a much acclaimed TEdxEuston talk “ We Should All Be Feminists”, based on her similarly titled book. Her novels include 'Half of a Yellow Sun', 'Purple Hibiscus' and 'Americanah' and a short story collection titled 'The Thing Around Her Neck'. As well as these, she presented a talk tackling “The Dangers of a Single Story”, which looks at gender and stereotypes of African women based on her experiences growing up.
What I find fascinating about her work is her capacity to explain feminism in a simple and engaging clarity. With global changes taking on a speed and complexity that has no parallels in history, the issue of gender and feminism has found itself in crisis. On one hand the issue is being shelved for ‘more important’ matters or, on the other hand, being conveniently grouped with other issues so that the impact of this inequality is somehow muzzled.
She mostly challenges normalising gender inequality to the extent that we are now unconsciously creating stereotypes, for example when it comes to leadership roles.
Like the rest of us the pandemic and the USA elections has had an impact on her perspective. Living through the Trump presidency aware that he was a racist misogynist, to name a few of his ‘unqualities’, was not lost on all of us. She, like the rest of us, dares to comment on the suffocating existence and dread suffered in this time. Thankfully now we can breathe a sigh of relief, hoping the future will be more amenable to the efforts being made towards achieving equality.
Chimamanda is a self-identified feminist whose work and presence, if you have not already indulged , will make this year’s Christmas all the merrier.
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Doncu, R.E. (2018) Feminism and postcolonialism in the short stories of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Journal of Romanian Literary Studies, (14), 193-198.
Fischer, M. (2017) Trans responses to Adichie: challenging cis privilege in popular feminism. Feminist Media Studies, 17 (5), 896-899.
Lisa Allardice (2020) Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘America under Trump felt like a personal loss. London (UK): Guardian News & Media Limited.Available from: https://search.proquest.com/docview/2460884645
Nandini, S.M.RAISING A FEMINIST SON–AN ANTIDOTE WITH REFERENCE TO CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE’S WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS.
Image above taken from: https://www.chimamanda.com/media/photo-gallery/