Analysis Of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie And Bell Hooks Essay

1110 Words Jun 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and bell hooks both are feminist women living in America, with incredible voices. Their essays about feminism practically coincide with each other, as they have very similar ideas about this subject. Chimamanda’s short essay, based on her Ted Talk, We Should All Be Feminists, introduces the subject in a humorous way, while still briefly addressing the issues in modern day Nigeria and America. bell hooks’ is more complex, however it still shares personal experience as well as history and expanding on the ideas of feminist politics and theory.
When most people hear the word “feminist,” they usually think that the person is gay, a woman who wants to be like a man, angry women, etc. “It was not a compliment” (Adichie 8). They usually have a negative impression of feminists, because it has been continually limited by stereotypes before. That is not what feminism is about, however many people have their own personal definitions based on how feminism would best suit them (i.e., if they lived in America versus if they lived in Syria; these women might have similar issues, but they also have other issues based on where they are in the world). Many other false implications to the word feminist, or feminism is anti-male, which is as ridiculous as it sounds. Feminism is mostly about dismantling the patriarchy (which is as hurtful to men as it is women), ending sexism, sexist exploitation (hooks 1).
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