Rating : ⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎⭐︎
Dear Ijeawele educates but never belittles. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is eloquent without ever being condescending. Her manifesto is smart, simple and brilliant.
“Everybody will have an opinion about what you should do, but what matters is what you want for yourself, and not what others want you to want.”
I especially loved the way she talks about marriage, likeability and sexuality. I have been very interested about how we internalize certain ideas and concepts (such as marriage, virginity etc.).
Women, each to a different degree have been forced to fit in these molds or else, they would be deemed inadequate. There’s always been the matter of what a woman should and should not be, how she should and shouldn’t dress, how she should want this but not that etc. and it was heart-warming to read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie put these thoughts into words.
“Female goodness is as normal as female evil.”
The way she addresses double standards and gender roles is brilliantly put. Navigating life is hard and debunking these social constructs doesn’t always come naturally which is why I think that this manifesto is necessary.
Have you read Dear Ijeawele ? What do you think ?