Gender Discrimination as a Mainstream Discourse in Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists
Woman is always considered as a weaker or inferior sex by the society. However, traditional, patriarchal systems have seldom allowed for women’s aspirations and ambitions, to be taken seriously. One of the most significant movements of the twentieth century, feminism’s influence has been felt in almost every field of human activity. Feminism is a misunderstood term, which is clouded with myths rather than facts. The basis of feminist argument is that most modern societies have been organized into a patriarchal system in which men have an advantage over women. Feminism aims to understand and critique the nature of inequality and advocate social, political and economic equality between the sexes both at home and outside. Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘We should all be Feminists’argues that being a feminist means understanding and acknowledging the fact that sexism exist. In her essay, Adichie argues that “feminist” is not a bad word and that everyone should be feminist; and she illustrates the still-so-insidious inequalities between men and women with concrete examples from her life. The purpose of this paper is to explore the term feminism and explain gender inequality through ‘Equity and Gender Feminism’ which is the subdivision of Feminist Theory and it has been also criticized from intersectional point of view of African American Poet AudreLorde.
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