We Should All Be Feminists
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie / Lea Mantel
“I don’t remember what this particular argument was about. But I remember that, as I argued and argued, Okuloma looked at me and said, ‘Do you know you are a feminist?’
It was not a compliment.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s talk at the TEDxEuston conference in 2012 caused a stir – not only in feminist circles. She tells stories from her own life and that of her friends and draws intelligent conclusions about the relationship between the sexes in society. She warns that we encourage self-hatred in girls and discourage humaneness in boys. She asks why men fear successful women – and why woman are expected to show consideration for this attitude.
By calling herself a feminist, Adichie attracts much criticism. Feminists are angry and un-African and they hate men, she is told. Adichie is unfazed by these accusations, because she knows that not everybody will like to hear what she has to say. Yes, there are some things that women may (and should!) be angry about; yes, culture is constantly changing; no, feminism is not about how it might make men feel.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (*1977) is a Nigerian writer. She studied politics and African studies in the US. In addition to her political talks, such as “The Danger of a Single Story” (2009) and “We Should All Be Feminists” (2012), she published many novels, including “Purple Hibiscus” (2003), “Half of a Yellow Sun” (2006) and “Americanah” (2013).
Sarah Henker studied at the Institute of Applied Theatre Studies in Gießen and directed the “Amoral One-Act Plays” as part of the “Freispiel” playwriting festival at the Salzburg State Theatre in the 2018/2019 season. In the stage production “We Should All Be Feminists” she presents an inspired dialogue with contemporary texts on feminism.