Last week, Chimamanda Adichie gave a powerful keynote speech at the 2018 Inbound Conference in Boston. She talked about men and women in general.
Twitter went crazy with some of her quotes on womanhood, feminism and life in general. Some of them are:
It’s equally important to read about people who are not like you.
Identity shapes the way the world interacts with us and as such, it shapes the way we interact with the world.
Never admire quietly.
I believe that stories can take away dignity and stories can restore dignity.
Too many men feel that they have a right to women’s bodies. No she doesn’t have to give you a reason for saying no.
Both men and women suffer from the illnesses that lead to suicide but it is men that have a much higher rate of dying by suicide.
Why? Because men are socialized to suppress so many human parts of themselves, men are socialized not to ask for help, men are socialized to be afraid of fear, men are socialized not to show vulnerability.
From the moment we tell a little boy that ‘boys don’t cry’ or we tell a hurting teenager to ‘man up’ we are creating an adult man who will be cheated of the full range of his emotions. So, while men benefit from patriarchy, they also suffer from it.
She definitely made sense. Don’t you agree?