Dear Ijaewele, or a Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions – By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Goodreads Synopsis: A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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“People will selectively use ”tradition” to justify anything.”

Wow! What a book. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book, only I’d heard that it was good. I wasn’t prepared for this book to blow me away completely.

Currently I’m bugging both of my partners to read this book.  And I think everyone who wants to have children should read it. I love how short the book is, it makes it feel very accessible to read. Especially if someone isn’t a big fan of non-fiction. Each chapter is straightforward and moving. Adichie has a great writing style that really drew me in and made me want to read more by her.

When I was reading a few other reviews of this book it was brought to my attention that this book isn’t the most LGBTQA+ inclusive, and at first I couldn’t see what they were talking about. But after some thought I do think this is a valid criticism of this book. While there was some talk about gender and sexuality, it was sort of glossed over and there was no talking about trans issues at all.  I feel like this is a big gap missing from the book, but you can still get something out of reading it.

I gave this book 5 stars on Goodreads.

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