I don’t do argumentative topics on my blog. I wish I could, but I’m a coward. See, I don’t do well with trolls and negative criticism. I get all emotional and then everything goes downhill from there on. I know it’s not a desirable trait in a blogger, but it is what it is. All I can say is I’m working on it. So let me get this out while I’m still ‘inspired’, for want of a better word.
So I was scrolling-shopping on Amazon, in the ebook section for something interesting to read and I came across this Kindle single of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay on Feminism, in the context of Africa. The product description said it was a TED talk, so off I went to YouTube in search of it. Found it. Heard it. And I realized how misinformed most of us are when it comes to feminism, even the ones who call themselves feminists. Somewhere along the way, the word has picked up all this negative connotation and it’s more like an abuse than a compliment these days. I’m guilty of that too, by the way (apparently today is be-brutally-honest-on-your-blog day!). Maybe because the literature and talks I’ve been reading/listening to were not the right ones.
Adichie talks in the context of Nigeria, her homeland, but every incident she recounts could very well be true of India. Every single one of them. Right down to the social conditioning that we are exposed to, even as children. And among all the people I’ve heard speak of on how to remedy the gender inequality issues, hers seems to be the only possible way forward. Which is? Forget about the current generation – we’re beyond redemption. Start with the next. With our children. Teach them that a boy and a girl are the same (among other things). And I especially liked the way she put it across – of course, that’s her day job, to find the right words and put them together just so! 🙂
Ok, enough of me. Listen to her.
Let’s all be feminists, yo.