Book Review: Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟.5

From the best-selling author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists comes a powerful new statement about feminism today–written as a letter to a friend.
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.

And speaking of shameβ€”never, ever link sexuality and shame. Or nakedness and shame. Do not ever make β€œvirginity” a focus. Every conversation about virginity becomes a conversation about shame. Teach her to reject the linking of shame and female biology.

I do not have anything to say about this book –so this review is going to be extremely short — except that it was extremely true and powerful. It is non-fiction, and I do not usually read non-fiction, but I gave it a go because it was extremely short.

Chimamanda calls out misogyny and sexism, and even racism, which is deeply ingrained in the mind of almost everybody in the world. She talks about feminism, and what people think it means and what the word actually means. As a woman who lives in a society where women are not given equal opportunities aren’t even considered equal by the law, I felt that this book spoke to me. She gives fifteen suggestions in this book to a friend who wants to raise her child as a feminist, and I really loved all of her suggestions.

I really want every person on this planet to read it. It will influence you and probably make you question certain things and learn certain things.

I think everyone should read it. I talked about my favorite quotes from this book in this post, and there were so many of them I couldn’t talk about just because I didn’t want the post to be super long, and that is why I want you guys to read it. If it makes you want to read this book, I would love it. Just read it guys, just read it! You will love it.

What do you think about this book? Let’s talk in the comments.

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