I respect Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as a person and doubly as a writer, but following her recent trends, it’s quite obvious Chimamanda Adichie’s Feminism is diluted.
I understand the definition of feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes” and in Chimamanda’s famous TEDx video, she defined feminist as one who believes in the social, economic and political equality of both sexes, and I dare add, male and female.
Just recently, at the PEN World voices festival she interviewed Hillary Clinton and in her words said she was upset when she saw wife as Hillary’s twitter bio opener…
“In your Twitter account, the first word that describes you is ‘Wife.’ And then I think it’s ‘Mom,’ and then it’s ‘Grandmother, and when I saw that, I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset. And then I went and I looked at your husband’s Twitter account, and the first word was not ‘husband.’”
To which Mrs. Clinton responded, “When you put it like that, I’m going to change it,
Her line of questioning to a large extent questions the original intent of feminism: is it advocating for equal rights and involvement of both sexes or merely seeking superiority over the male gender.
Chimamanda is a role model to many and a front liner for the feminist movement, she has in her books and on various platforms stated reasons why she is a feminist and why “we should all be feminists”. While, I understand the need for women empowerment (of a truth, many are in dire need for emancipation) there is everything wrong when people try to force the feminist tag down people’s throat and ultimately dictating how people should live their lives. Isn’t this largely what feminism as a movement stands against.
I have come to understand that many people who wear the tag are mainly people who do not understand what feminism is and all about and those who wish to seek vendetta against the unfair treatment they have had to undergo in the hands of the opposite sex.
Back to the interview that led us here, I took a stroll to Hillary Clinton’s twitter profile and I scanned it thoroughly to find what was “uncelebrated” about her profile, but I didn’t see any. I saw someone, albeit a feminist who was proud to be a wife to her husband, a mother to her children and a grandma.
It seems Chimamanda is trying to tell us something about being a wife, a mom, and a grandma.
And to think that hours after the interview, Hillary’s profile still begins with “wife”.
In conclusion, may we have children, male and female who understand that though we are different sexes, we are humans first and should be respected based on our humanity not on our gender. The gender war we are brewing albeit subtly will affect both genders if we care is not taken. No sex is superior, as every sex is IMPORTANT and CELEBRATED.