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We Should All Be Feminists
We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
What does feminism mean today? That is the question at the heart of We Should All Be Feminists, a personal, eloquently-argued essayadapted from her much-viewed Tedx talk of the same nameby Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. With humor and levity, here Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first centuryone rooted in inclusion and awareness. She shines a light not only on blatant discrimination, but also the more insidious, institutional behaviors that marginalize women around the world, in order to help readers of all walks of life better understand the often masked realities of sexual politics. Throughout, she draws extensively on her own experiencesin the U.S., in her native Nigeria, and abroadoffering an artfully nuanced explanation of why the gender divide is harmful for women and men, alike. Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Adichie a bestselling novelist, here is one remarkable authors exploration of what it means to be a woman todayand an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.An eBook short.
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Nashy
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"Culture does not make people. People make culture."

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Nashy
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"Boys and girls are undeniably different biologically, but socialization exaggerates the differences, and then starts a self-fulfilling process."

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Nashy
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"We teach girls shame. Close your legs. Cover yourself. We make them feel as if being born female, they are guilty of something."

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Nashy
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"We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don't teach boys to care about being likable."

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JenReadsAlot
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This was fabulous! Listened to it while making cookies.

Cinfhen Yum 😋 4w
Cinfhen Yum, cookies!!! 4w
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Crimson613
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The first time I heard the word feminist was when I was in HS and I had no idea what it meant. Adichie goes over this, along with all the negative connotations the word carries, especially for men and cultures where the female role is submissive. She also goes over why it's important for everyone (not just women) to be a feminist. Great and short read! #tmskellington #wintergames #tbrread

@clwojick @staycurious

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Crimson613
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Everything we do, even if it seems unimportant, sends a message #tmskellington #wintergames #tbrread @clwojick @staycurious

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Laughterhp
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At first I wasn‘t going to do this because I didn‘t think I‘d have 10 nonfiction books. But alas! Reviewing my GoodReads for the past 10 years, I had at least 20! Most are celebrity memoirs.

So here are my #Top10oftheDecade #NonfictionEdition

Most of these were read between 2015-now.

Cinfhen I forgot how much I enjoyed Gabrielle Union‘s memoir!!! Glad you decided to share your favorites ❤️ (edited) 1mo
Scochrane26 Gabrielle Union almost made my list. 1mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen I was going to say the same thing!!! Loved Union‘s book. 1mo
Hooked_on_books The Daum and Gay were very close to making my list (and I‘m sure would have on a different day). 1mo
Soubhiville ❤️ You‘re Never Weird on the Internet! 1mo
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AnneCecilie
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With concrete examples from everyday life, Adichie shows the differences in how men and women are treated or expected to behave. She wants us to focus less on gender and more on abilities.

#NFNov

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AnneCecilie
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This says it all

#TIL #NFNov

Suet624 I‘ve never taught my daughters to acquiesce to men but I get what she‘s saying. 2mo
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AnneCecilie @Suet624 I don‘t think that this is something parents necessarily teach, but I think that in a certain degree society does. 2mo
Amiable My husband and I have spent the past 25 years of parenting our boys teaching them to be gentlemen to women (and other men). And I've impressed upon them the value of being with partners who are intelligent and educated and independent and not afraid to express their opinions. I think we've done a pretty good job with them, if I do so say myself! 2mo
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AnneCecilie
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This!!!!!

#NFNov

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LapReader The high school I teach at is getting a new roof. The sign on the fence surrounding the building says ‘Men working above.‘ Why does it have to be so specific? Drives me nuts in this day and age. 2mo
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This is a very short read. It was interesting to learn a bit about Nigerian culture. I want to watch her Ted Talk that this is based on now too!

This is the first thing I‘ve read by the author, and now I‘m torn between reading Americanah or Half of a Yellow Sun next.

#NFNov Essays

rsteve388 6 pts! Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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Just signed up for #NFNov #NonFictionNovember . I think my first book will be the tagged titled. I have a lot of history and memoirs that have been patiently waiting to be read.

MyBookSwapClub How do I sign up? 3mo
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BookNAround @MyBookSwapClub Go to @Clwojick page and scroll down for the link to sign up. 3mo
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Martyn_J_Pass
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Brilliant. Short and straight to the point. I was grateful to hear that I‘m moving in the right direction when it comes to both my writing of fiction and my life. It made me a little sad to realise that (being a metal worker) I don‘t get to interact much with women in the trade simply because there aren‘t many female metalworkers in the UK. Let‘s hope for change!

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Suet624
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Of course everyone - men and women - should read this. I was saddened, though, by the fact that this is the exact same message that those of my generation were proclaiming in the 70‘s and 80‘s. The professional reviewers were so enthusiastic that I thought the essay might carry some hidden key that made all the difference to our struggle. It does not.

TrishB That always saddens me too. My daughter faces the same issues I did, with added internet!! 4mo
Suet624 @TrishB I was surprised by the visceral reaction that I had to the book. And the internet! Gah! 4mo
Hooked_on_books The more things change, the more they stay the same. I feel like the difference now is that there seems to be a broader buy-in, with #MeToo and other feminist issues at the forefront. And all of the women running for President. It feels like it has some more staying power this time, though time will tell. 4mo
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Aimeesue @Hooked_on_books The lens has definitely changed. Same message, and we're still dealing with the same issues, but society at large is SEEING those issues pretty clearly now, and we're calling them out directly en mass. My daughter's generation is not here to put up with anyone's bull. It's good to see. 4mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue @hooked_on_books She speaks a lot about situations in Nigeria. It seems to me that's the audience that would benefit from the book. I agree that we have moved forward in many ways. 4mo
Martyn_J_Pass This has piqued my interest. Going to grab myself a copy. Thanks. 4mo
Suet624 @Martyn_J_Pass thank you. was surprised to find it was a 45 minute audio. Pretty short. 😁 (edited) 4mo
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Connster
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #day5

Seven covers in seven days with no explanation and tag someone new every day. What a cool idea!

Tagging @Megabooks 👩‍🚒👩‍⚖️👩‍✈️👩🏼‍🔬👩‍🔧👩‍⚖️

Megabooks I just finished this and with 75% of my collection in storage, I‘m not sure I have enough pretty ones! Thanks for the tag! 💜 4mo
Connster @Megabooks What did you think of it? I really liked it! I bought it for all of the girls in my year 11 class as I thought they‘d love it ❤️🖤 4mo
Megabooks @Connster This book is fantastic!! I think every teen/adult should read it!! 4mo
Connster @Megabooks I totally agree!! 4mo
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Ready to dive into this book!

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FireproofBunny
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But by far the worst thing we do to males - by making them feel they have to be hard - is that we leave them with very fragile egos. The harder a man feels compelled to be, the weaker his ego is.

And then we do a much greater disservice to girls, because we raise them to carter to the fragile egos of males.

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FireproofBunny
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We spend too much time teaching girls to worry about what boys think of them. But the reverse is not the case. We don‘t teach boys to care about being likable. We spend too much time telling girls that they cannot be angry or aggressive or tough, which is bad enough, but then we turn around and either praise or excuse men for the same reasons.

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I often make the mistake of thinking something that is obvious to me is obvious to everyone else

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EleanorJ
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A sharp and clever essay based on her TED talk. It‘s an insightful look into the roles men and women play in societies ideas of gender roles and what it is to be a man or women. Absolutely loved it. #3/12 #yearofreading #sofarbehind #feminism

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"I like to think that one of the many things that literature can do is that it gives us entry into subjects that might be difficult to talk about."

Widely known across Africa and the world for her talented writing skills, Chimamanda also has a unique sense of fashion. She embarked on a #wearNigeria movement some time ago and the results have been totally amazing!

#WanderingJune #AfricanLady

Megabooks Love her! 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve never read her .... I better do something about that. I love fashion. Her clothes are ♥️ 7mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! How cool and so fashion forward🤩😍 7mo
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BarbaraBB This is a cool thing to know about her! I‘ve only read one of her books and two more on my shelves to be read. I should, I know! 7mo
TrishB She‘s awesome ❤️ definitely an icon in more ways than one! 7mo
Kalalalatja She is so freaking cool! 7mo
TheSpineView 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
BooknerdsLife Awww love her style 😍🥰 7mo
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Shruts.20
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If you are already a feminist, it will fine tune your definitions if you aren‘t this book will make you one. Either listen to the ted talk or read this essay. It is crisp and filled with stories which will make you a feminist!!

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amyf0x
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Based on a speech, this essay presents a quick and convincing argument for feminism.

Read May 19

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Scottchris
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A great book to understand men and women‘s role in breaking down the gender roles placed in men and women in our society and working towards equality 🎉 9/2019 #socialjustice #feminism

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Meghagrawal
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This small book gives more in less.The author deals with major women's issues in a clear and non-combative manner. She holds up a clear mirror to her society. Then, she suggests a simple way to make the reflection less distorted. I loved that. The cis and hetero-normative language bothered me at first. But, then I accepted that she is not talking about intersectional feminism. Apart from that it is a good book. Very recommended.

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Andrea313
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This work trip is killing me and I haven't even left yet. But at least I get to break out my bookish, feminist accessory bag for the first time. #worktrip #readersgonnaread

Rachel.Rencher Love it 😍 8mo
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MelissaSue81
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Book #4 complete and laundry sorted for #24b4monday. This “book” (more like an essay) was excellent, but I wanted it to be longer/more. Just when I was really getting into it and looking forward to the next points (or more in-depth details), it ended. Was glad she narrated this one her self.

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StephanieGeiser
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This should be required reading for being a human. I loved it!!

Soubhiville Yes! Great little book! 9mo
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StephanieGeiser
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“What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender?”

rather_be_reading 🙌🙌 9mo
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StephanieGeiser
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“Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we should begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.”

rather_be_reading 🔥🔥 9mo
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monalyisha
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If you‘re already interested in feminism & gender theory, Adichie‘s “We Should All Be Feminists” probably won‘t strike you as revelatory or new. But she has a way of laying information & perspectives down in a very bare & simple way. It certainly doesn‘t hurt to read this as an introductory or refresher text. And if you were to ask someone else to read it, to try to imagine your experience, it‘s short enough that it‘d be a hard request to deny.

Suet624 Thank you for this review. I‘m surprised at the love for the book because it‘s something that we talked about in the 1970‘s and ‘80‘s. It doesn‘t feel new at all. But I guess for younger folks (in theirs 20‘s) it might be helpful. 4mo
monalyisha @Suet624. You‘re welcome — & yes! I can also imagine asking a man to read it & not feeling like I was asking too much. That statement in & of itself is pretty revelatory/loaded, but hopefully you know what I mean! It‘s powerful, clear, & succinct...just not new. 4mo
Suet624 Your last sentence sums it up perfectly. Thank you. 4mo
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monalyisha
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“The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we *should* be rather than recognizing how we are.”

Art Cred: Jack Dylan

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monalyisha
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“I was once taking about gender and a man said to me, “Why does it have to be you as a woman? Why not you as a human being?” This type of question is a way of silencing a person‘s specific experiences. Of course I am a human being, but there are particular things that happen to me because I am a woman.”

This is also true of the comment, “I don‘t see color” (which I often hear ostensibly well-meaning people saying). This lesson is so important.

monalyisha Art Cred: Bodil Jane (edited) 9mo
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monalyisha
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“At some point, I was a Happy African Feminist Who Does Not Hate Men And Who Likes To Wear Lip Gloss And High Heels For Herself And Not For Men. Of course much of this was tongue-in-cheek, but what it shows is how that word “feminist” is so heavy with baggage, negative baggage...”

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monalyisha
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“Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to remake themselves for the better.”

This sounds like the right balance. I think anger & self-confidence/self-assuredness are close bedfellows, which is probably why it (unlike sadness) is a difficult emotion for me.👇🏻

monalyisha 1/1: I‘m looking forward to reading Traister‘s book (tagged) with my book club later this year & exploring this idea more fully. (edited) 9mo
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We Should All Be Feminist is a great introduction into the topic of feminism. Chimamanda talks about her experience of sexism growing up in Nigeria and how it has affected her life. This is a book everyone should read.
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Reading challenge:
- #booked2019 : Related to a podcast
- The year of reading womens writers: A narrative or an essay
- #LitsyAtoZ : Letter V @BookishMarginalia

#weshouldallbefeminist #chimamandangoziadichie #essay

Darklunarose I really want to read this one. 9mo
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monalyisha
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I forgot my current read at home this morning. Fortunately, I work in a library. This one‘s short so it fits my needs, & I‘ve been meaning to read it for basically forever.

monalyisha P.S. Am I being silly/too trusting about not blurring these barcodes out? What‘s the rationale behind doing so? Is it just a privacy issue or is it more than that? (edited) 9mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ve never understood the blurring either. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
monalyisha @Ashley_Nicoletto Right? I mean, I guess, theoretically, someone *within* my library system could reverse-look-up my account based on the barcode & then have access to my address/phone number... but I freely give out my address to Littens during swaps/reading events & only answer my phone for #‘s I know, anyway. I guess it‘s just basic internet safety? As far as I can tell. 9mo
k.reads @monalyisha Even then they only have the book‘s barcode. They wouldn‘t be able to find out who has the book checked out unless they work at the library and have access to the staff end of the catalog. So... I‘m gonna say you‘re good 👍🏻😂. 9mo
monalyisha @k.reads Right. Exactly. 9mo
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I‘m adding this book immediately to everyone‘s mandatory reading list. It‘s a 50-page essay, so I don‘t think I‘m being unreasonable.
Adichie isn‘t trying to fit everyone into a specific feminist stereotype. She‘s not saying men and women are the same and should be treated as such. Yes, we can be treated differently as women, but in no way should a woman be treated as LESS. A man is not greater than a woman just because he is a man.

marleed Added! 8mo
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Go right now and listen to this! WOW 😍

I actually listened to it twice today because it was short, yet she has so much to say and I wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything. Very poignant to today's society. She's such a powerful voice for women. 💚

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This is such a beautiful book. A very short book which is a must read for everyone! Adichie has perfectly explained what feminism actually means and how inspite of it being a 21st century, women are still not treated as an equal to men. We all face what Adichie faced in life, whether people are aware of it or not, there are times when we are treated differently! Do read this amazing book!!! 4/5

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!! Everyone should read it!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
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⬆️what i have to say to the patriarchy: 🖕! My female colleagues and i went for a #feminist #strike lunch today and celebrated the sisterhood! #internationalwomensday #girlsonstrike #fightforyourrighttoparty #genderequality

Tanisha_A Hi sister! 😀 10mo
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TrishB You go 💕 10mo
Heideschrampf @JoScho @Tanisha_A @That-Bookish-Hiker @TrishB ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 10mo
Christine ❤️ 10mo
sprainedbrain Yes! 🙌🏻 10mo
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TheAliceEvers
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For International Women‘s Day I thought I‘d share a stack of some of my favourite Feminist reads 😍

Have an awesome day everyone 😃

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Christinak
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All over the world, there are so many magazine articles and #books telling women what to do, how to be and not to be, in order to attract or please men. There are far fewer guides for men about pleasing women. #QuotsyMar19 #31DaysOfNonFiction

SharonAlger Stacked. I‘m always on the lookout for some great feminist reads. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We should all read this one!! 10mo
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candority
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This is a short, powerful essay about feminism and what it means today. It is a great introduction to feminism, which should be read by everyone, but especially those who do not understand the term. For feminists, it is a great reminder of what we stand for.