BOOK REVIEW: DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS by CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE

So Chimamanda is my absolute favourite, top 2 authors, and she ain’t number 2. I have read all her published books, and this was the only one I hadn’t. My sister bought this for me a couple of weeks ago and I was really excited to finally have my own copy.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The book is short, sweet and to the point. It lays out exactly what the tile says: 15 suggestions for feminism. It is a letter that Chimamanda wrote to her friend, with suggestions on how her friend can raise her daughter as a feminist.

The book is doesn’t have chapters, but is rather titled under each of the 15 feminist suggestions. The suggestions range from teaching girls to not view marriage as an accomplishment, to debunking biological myths often placed on women. It teaches that a man can never “allow” anything in a woman’s life, and that her life is her choice.

FAVOURITE QUOTES: ALL 15 suggestions are my favourites. But in order to not give the whole book away, here are my top 5 quotes.

“Teach her that if you criticize X in women but do not criticize X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women.”

“If she likes makeup, let her wear it. If she likes fashion, let her dress up. But if she doesn’t like either, let her be. Don’t think that raising her feminist means forcing her to reject femininity. Feminism and femininity are not mutually exclusive.”

“Never speak of marriage as an achievement. Find ways to make clear to her that marriage is not an achievement, nor is it what she should aspire to. A marriage can be happy or unhappy, but it is not an achievement…”

“Teach her to reject likeability. Her job is not to make herself likeable, her job is to be her full self, a self that is honest and aware of the equal humanity of other people.”

“The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.”

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:

This book is so necessary for girls and women (and men too, really). Feminist or not. For a woman living in the 21st century, this little book of brilliance is the correct guide for me. Expect some humour as well, so you’ll chuckle quite a bit.

I rate this book a solid 5/5. I highly recommend you read even one suggestion from here, you’ll learn something.

Thank you for reading. Until next review.

xoxo, Val.

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