Feminist Attributes for Parenting: Suggested by Adichie

  • Kanika Chauhan Guest Faculty Maitraiye College NCWEB Delhi University Delhi, India


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is a contemporary Nigerian writer. I choose her work Dear Ijeawele, Or, A Feminist Manifesto In Fifteen Suggestions, as it gives suggestion for parenting in a feminist manner. A series of personal letter accommodated in a book are refreshing take on parenting and can be studied as an initial guide to understand feminism as an ideology. My main focus with this paper is to focus on two different kinds of parenting suggested by her and by Lois Gould, from her short story The story of X, where she creates a narrative revolving around gender-neutral parenting, and how these two can be read together to give a refreshing take on parenting, which is radical in nature because it dissects the norms.


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How to Cite
CHAUHAN, Kanika. Feminist Attributes for Parenting: Suggested by Adichie. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 4, p. 142-156, apr. 2020. ISSN 2582-3574. Available at: <https://ijellh.com/OJS/index.php/OJS/article/view/10531>. Date accessed: 03 june 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i4.10531.