We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction. Chimamanda is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction; and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2009, her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck was published. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She currently divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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66 Kommentare

  1. PepeTheFrog sagt:

    Elvira B Yes but not to the modern degree. Comparing 3rd wave feminism and 1st wave feminism is a joke. One of them was needed, the other one makes things up to stay relevant.

  2. PepeTheFrog sagt:

    loveamazingstuff12 I’d like to mention the fact that feminism has done it’s job. Women and men are equal with very few exceptions in different places in the world (most notably the 3rd world)

  3. PepeTheFrog sagt:

    Djamila Monteiro 1. Amish villages are a choice to live in. Amish women have the right to leave 2. „The higher you go the less women there are.“ Is true but not becuase of sexism, becuase of choices men and women make. Men are more likely to ask for a raise, work 14 percent more overtime then women, are less likely to take time off, and overall are more focused on work 3. If women are so opressed explain paid period leaves, or the fact that when a man and woman commit the same crime the man will get a harsher sentance, or how women get full custody of children in divorce cases 81 percent of the time? Men are not privileged.

  4. PepeTheFrog sagt:

    Jay jay Bines69 I think what Ace is referring to is now in the 21st century, women have nothing to complain about. Actually, we have some advantages over men such as court leniency, and being able to make wild accusations based on little to no proof, but still be belived.

  5. Radek Trpišovský sagt:

    deco darling 1st wave – OK 2nd wave – probably 3rd THIS IS NOT FEMINISM!

  6. deco darling sagt:

    Please explain?

  7. Prins van Oranje sagt:

    Stop calling names, it doesn’t prove your point.

  8. Prins van Oranje sagt:

    No it doesn’t, because equality already exists.

  9. Prins van Oranje sagt:

    “Treat people how yoh would like to be treated.“
    If I robbed a bank, I would love to be able to keep the money, should I treat the person who robs my house that way?

  10. MickyMicky Mike sagt:

    orbeediah We don’t all die the same way – some people are murdered, some people die by a tragic accident, and some people die by natural causes. We don’t all go to the dirt either because some people can be cremated and thrown into a body of water. I get what you mean that we all die, but we do not all die the same.

  11. WhereUatGeorges sagt:


  12. valentina sagt:

    it’s pretty funny to read that from a MAN.

  13. That Chic Online sagt:

    S.K. nah

  14. laboomerang sagt:

    Zetey a As opposed to western women that don’t know what it means di be oppressed?

  15. Otmar Keins sagt:

    So if I am a masochist, I should hurt people.

  16. Sharon Jose sagt:

    Roronoa Zoro
    Are you fucking stupid?

  17. So if one believes in gender equality, they MUST be a feminist?

  18. Guillermo Errasti Morales sagt:

    Elsa U That is how the liberals and SJWs react when a conservative present an argument they are not able to counter

  19. The Cassandra sagt:

    This comment made me happy 🙂

  20. deco darling sagt:

    Andy Johnson spot on!!

  21. mimi mimi sagt:

    thats easy. we over intellectualize everything and think we need a big elaborate reason for it. the truth is simple..they dont care enough. To them, shes simpy entertaining. I see it over and over again in these type of forums/speeches. Once they get out the room , its just an anecdote over drinks.

  22. I know, I felt irritated too. Like I thought she meant what she said about men, and then they go and laugh at impotence.

  23. mimi mimi sagt:

    i find how disturbing that people laugh at moments when concerning facts are being brought up. damn.

  24. - OFFLINE - sagt:

    +Akira Makara Just shows the ignorance in everything you do. First off; I never said all feminists are evil, just the majority of (severely misguided) contemporary feminists.
    So let’s break it down here; you fail to comprehend my comment, therefore acting upon it by attempting to discredit me with your own ignorance. On top of that you had all this time to review yet decline the opportunity to see your own failures. Did I get it right so far, numbnuts? You truly are a plebeian..

    Sorry for the late reply. I have a life.

  25. Adisa Akomolede sagt:

    This woman is awesome. The comments here make me cringe hard, people are so bitter. I am a guy and a hard supporter of feminism. Gender equality for all.

  26. Piratenkiller sagt:

    You are the kind of feminist I don’t like

  27. ReRe

  28. gravel shark sagt:

    Alice Black im not a conservative I am a alternet thinker and choose no sides I prefer to belive what I want to

  29. It might have been cherry picking only if there was no more bullshit than what I pointed out. And I didn’t make it sound like she contradicted herself, she contradicted herself, by herself. I just pointed it out.

    The problem isn’t that she wants both things, the problem is that she has no clue why men are intimidated by women. She doesn’t understand men or why men are the way they are. She’s naive, and she can be naive all she wants, but she’s preaching her naivety to the world as if it was fact, and with that I have a problem with.

  30. skaruts

    She’s not speaking to Nigerians but she’s talking about HER OWN culture which I trust she knows a lot about

    And dude, she brought up a lot of different perspectives and points but you’ve literally been on every comment in this thread just saying „she’s ignorant and wrong“ over and over again. It really seems like you only watched this video with the intention of commenting this and then merely cherry picked and twisted parts of the video you could use to justify this assertion.

    Also, You made it sound like she contradicted herself by wishing men could be vulnerable but not wanting someone who was intimidated by her abilities. This, I simply cannot understand. Why can’t I want men to be comfortable with their emotions and simultaneously not be afraid of me because I’m an accomplished woman or I make more money or whatever? A willingness to show human emotion can exist without a need to constantly be better than your opposite gendered partner at everything.

  31. vikingsailorboy sagt:

    I am male and if there is one cause that gets me so worked up with passion it is women’s rights. Inequality between the sexes is so backwards to me I simply cannot cannot fathom/accept/understand how people do not believe in full total equality between men & women. Hell yeah I am a feminist and damn proud of it and will always fight for this cause.

  32. phuzee lol omg men on the internet said a bad thing *TRIGGERED*

  33. Richard Nixon sagt:

    Different opinions and arguments= misogynistic bigots

  34. Aidid Rashed Efat sagt:

    Feminism is beautiful !

  35. deco darling sagt:


  36. Jay Chillin sagt:

    third wave feminism is a major problem in the US.

  37. @Gio Godzilla: Again, you have not pointed to a specific harm you have suffered at the hands of feminism. Please try again. You say it has a bunch of „problems“ but don’t say what they are nor do you say how you’ve been impacted. When you can do that then there may be something to talk about.

  38. Jay Chillin sagt:


  39. Infinite Sheldon sagt:

    „except that the definition of „feminism“ isn’t the defining factor of a feminist“ Yes, it is. A feminist is one whose personal philosophies of the sexes are consistent with the philosophy of feminism. If one’s philosophies are not consistent with feminism, one is not a feminist.

    “ just like the definition of „christianism“ isn’t the defining factor of a christian“ One’s religion is determined by what they accept as religious dogma. To be a Christian, one must accept specific teachings. The other teachings are considered doctrine and have no bearing on whether one is Christian. However, if one rejects Christian dogma, one is simply not a Christian. So in a sense, it IS just like feminism—you either meet the criteria or you do not. This is why there are so many different religions that use the exact same source material.

    The difference with religion however is that they are managed as organizations, not defined philosophies. The organizations may change over time, adjusting their criteria. The defined philosophy of feminism is not controlled by any organization/s and is thus unlikely to change.

    „the definition that’s validated and used depends on the subjective preference of each zealot.“ No, that is incorrect.

    „And that’s why you have several waves of feminism“ No, that’s not. The waves refer to primary goals of a group of a general group of feminists; when the First Wave completed their primary objective, the Second Wave identified areas where inequality hadn’t been corrected and/or addressed. The Third Wave continued that pattern, just as the Fourth to Xth will until perfect equality has been achieved.

    „plenty of feminists with their own opinion on who is a true scotsman“ Then these feminists need only to be reminded of what the definition of feminism is. That will sort out who among them is a feminist and who is not. After all, the No True Scotsman Fallacy does not occur if there is a clear and well understood definition of what membership in a group requires, and it is that definition which is broken.

  40. GamerzPro1231, well I’m bored and with nothing better to do… 🙂

  41. GamerzPro1231 sagt:

    skaruts Wow I didn’t even see his reply. Yep, you said everything I was going to say, but it’s best to ignore people like this anyway.

  42. Infinite Sheldon, except that the definition of „feminism“ isn’t the defining factor of a feminist, just like the definition of „christianism“ isn’t the defining factor of a christian, pretty much for the same reason: the definition that’s validated and used depends on the subjective preference of each zealot. And that’s why you have several waves of feminism, and plenty of feminists with their own opinion on who is a true scotsman.

    It is indeed a fallacy, but it does indeed apply to feminists.

  43. AntoniZamboni sagt:

    Wordsof Harmony They are fighting for equality in all societies even where it is equal. I mean, yeah, they would like to balance male dominated societies, but that is not the main focus

  44. AntoniZamboni sagt:

    Wordsof Harmony No wronger words have been spoken

  45. Wordsof Harmony sagt:

    AntoniZamboni feminism is the focus on the inequality of women in male dominate societies. Which is the fight for equality

  46. Femenist – a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
    I am Female and we should all be Femenists.

  47. Intelligent Horse sagt:


  48. For the people disliking, motherfuckers, not all feminists are crazy, some actually come from really really sexist and awful areas so they actually know what it feels like to be oppressed

  49. reem dollaz sagt:

    berner that’s a ignorant statement. Do research on Islam. There are more women leading in Indonesia than in America. Indonesia is predominantly Islamic

  50. KeySomniorum sagt:

    I love how most of the insecure commenters clearly didn’t watch the video and just got triggered by the title. None of the people hating on feminism are making relevant comments to the video.

  51. Ezra Shekelstein sagt:

    I like the part where you pointed out specific inequalities as a refutation of specifically cited equalities.

  52. Finn Watson sagt:

    if anyone anti free speech its feminists/ just because shes talkj doent mean shes right

  53. Andy Johnson sagt:

    Fragile male: *sees title*
    Fragile male: *TRIGGEREDDDDDDD*

  54. Hundreth l sagt:

    Mae ! Please tell me you’re being sarcastic

  55. If you stand by me, then….


  56. @ebuki Chiadi: „unless you consider attacking anyone who disagrees with you oppression.“ Listen far more attentively to what the feminists are saying and you will see none of them advocate _that_ viewpoint.

  57. This woman is a third world feminists. We need more of her.

    This videos give first world feminists orgasms. That’s worrying.

  58. Jay jay Bines69 sagt:

    In don’t understand why people think she a radical feminist she’s just against the basic prejudice

  59. men on YouTube are the reason why feminism is needed lmao yikes

  60. orbeediah sagt:

    I am a male. Female or male, we are human. We are all born the same way and we die the same way. Equality is needed. I do not like the way some (note how I say some) people treat others. It makes me sad how people treat each other. We are all equal, no matter what we are human. Black, white, asian, female or male. WE ARE HUMAN. Treat people how yoh would like to be treated.

  61. gravel shark sagt:

    this is a feminist that i can thourgholy respect and like she is smart and beautiful

  62. This is the original definition of Feminists, not the disgusting  modern definition we see today.

  63. Celica is Best waifu sagt:

    Feminists = C A N C E R

  64. Feminism, something doctors are still trying to cure.

  65. AntoniZamboni sagt:

    The title of the video should be, „We should all be equal“ rather than „We should all be feminist“. If this were the case, the roles would then reverse and it would birth masculinists. Just a thought from a neutral source about the subject.

  66. Women receive same protections and rights as men in north America? Yup
    Women allowed to vote? Yup
    Women allowed to enter the same professions as men? Yup
    Women paid fairly? Yup
    Women receive same protections and rights as men in north America to ensure they’re allowed all of the above? Yup

    Should we all be feminists? Nope.

    Should we all be egalitarians? Ideally sure.

    Mind you feminism would actually be needed in islamic countries the most, that’s for sure.

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