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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Chimamanda Adichie: Beyoncé's feminism isn't my feminism; it's a kind that gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men

Award winning writer Chimamanda Adichie has commented for the first time on Beyoncé's feminism

The singer used fragments of the famous author's speech in her song Flawless. Ms Adichie makes it clear that she supports Beyoncé's feminist ideology even though she feels her views differ slightly from Beyonce's because her "type of feminism is the kind that gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men"

The conflation came up during an interview Chimamanda gave with Dutch paper De Volkskrant, about the upcoming Dutch translation of her TED talk We should all be feminists - meanwhile published as an essay - and her presence at the Brainwash Festival in Amsterdam in October 2016.

'In the first place: of course Beyoncé asked permission to use my texts, and I did give her permission. I think she's lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions. In addition, Beyoncé is a celebrity of the first order and with this song she has reached many people who would otherwise probably never have heard the word feminism, let alone gone out and buy my essay.' 

"But I was shocked about how many requests for an interview I received when that song was released. Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyoncé. I felt such a resentment (laughs loudly). I thought: are books really that unimportant to you? Another thing I hated was that I read everywhere: now people finally know her, thanks to Beyoncé, or: she must be very grateful. I found that disappointing. I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: "Thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again." That's why it didn't speak about it much

"Her style is not my style, but I do find it interesting that she takes a stand in political and social issues, since a few years. She portrays a woman who is in charge of her own destiny, who does her own thing, and she has girl power. I am very taken with that.'  

"Still, her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don't think that women should relate everything they do to men: did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger? We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men. Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff. We women should spend about 20 per cent of our time on men, because it's fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff."

31 comments:

vinna saviour said...

So true

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Hian feminism don get types

livingstone chibuike said...

Lovely

Anonymous said...

wow. I love this woman :-)

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Ogenah Boris said...

She didn't make her popular

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Anonymous said...

Better talk! I always wonder why women always talk about men,but u don't see men talking g about women. When men gather to talk,they talk maybe about money or football but when women gather to talk it's about a man!Mtschewwww...this my gender God go help us
Belinda

Alloy Chikezie said...

I'm a big fan of this lady.

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Oloyede Michael said...

she is blatantly ignorant of the essence of feminity and the original plan for the creation of the feminine gender - The woman is the expression of God's emotion as ingrained in the man. A woman will never find fulfilment except in the bossom of her love. I know most will feign rigidity and some form of strength.......that supposed strength is born of emptiness, weakness and insecurity. Every virtuous woman knows she needs a man. An authority over her life. Money can not replace man .

Pyieceblog said...

Interesting it is someone should link me up with her she just inspired the die hard spirit in me

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Onyibekee said...

She is also invariably talking about men. Emancipation of women in a world controlled by men

Juliet Iwuno said...

Nwanyi oma ji'sike! Linda take note!

lucky sparks said...

Nigerians are feeling The bite of recession and all chimamanda talks about is feminism.

onyeka nnabugwu said...

Asin ehn... I tire oo

RareSpecie Z said...

I tire o.
Confusion in the kingdom of madness.

Garuba Rebekah said...

God created women as help mate to man, so it okay to talk about men and worry about them.. We were created from them and for them, cos God didn't want man to be alone. One rib from a man formed a woman, so even if u get all of the billions, read all of the books, seal ur private part and cut off ur boob u are still a woman a single rib from a man. Without a man u never would have been born lady chimamanda, so stop trying to change the world..God is not stupid.

Anonymous said...

Inspiring content of feminist, bringing minimal to the original feminist which is quite challenging

Anonymous said...

Don't agree with you. Men and women are good for each other. They're better together but are both capable of hacking it alone. My mother did so successfully and am making it work WITH my wife now.
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Anonymous said...

Do you realise not everyone believes in your God. So that explanation you just gave can't be for everyone just as you do not take to her feminism and how she doesn't take to Beyonce's feminism... I hope you get it

Anonymous said...

Do you realise not everyone believes in your God. So that explanation you just gave can't be for everyone just as you do not take to her feminism and how she doesn't take to Beyonce's feminism... I hope you get it

Gifted Minds said...

And she eventually talked about men.

sandra edah said...

Y did she get married then

Vivian Reginalds said...

hmmm
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LOL said...

LMAO women can never ever agree on one thing hahaha

OSINANL said...

GOOD TO KNOW

Oshare said...

Oh come on! Men talk about women a lot and Trump just proved it. Gay men might be an exception, though.

Anonymous said...

Fool. Without ur mum will u be born?

Garuba Rebekah said...

Senior fool, I didn't say anything about men not needing women..

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