We Should All Be Feminists

Feminismus geht alle an. Frauen und Männer. Geschlechterrollen sind problematisch, und es sollten sich alle daran beteiligen dies zu ändern. Dafür plädiert Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in ›We Should All Be Feminists‹.

Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better. (20f)

Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we should begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently. (24f)

The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.
Boys and girls are undeniably different biologically, but socialization exaggerates the differences, and then starts a self- fulfilling process. (34)

What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender? (36)

And when, all those years ago, I looked the word up in the dictionary, it said: Feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes. […]
My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, ‘Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.’ (47)

Das kurze Buch, aus dem die Zitate stammen, ist das überarbeitete Manuskript des Vortrags, den Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie bei TEDxEuston hielt. Wer also eher sehen und hören möchte, kann dies hier tun:

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEustonChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We should all be feminists – TEDxEuston (YouTube)

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