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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gives Insight on Feminism on “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah

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Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was on “The Daily Show” with host Trevor Noah and she discussed her book “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.”

Before speaking about her book, Chimamanda was asked what she thinks is the reason people see the word “feminist” as a negative thing.

“I think that feminism has long been associated with the most extreme versions of it,” she answered, continuing that people assume a feminist is a woman who hates men.

Discussing her book, she shared that it first was a letter to a friend who had just birthed a baby and asked how she could raise that child feminist.

Since birthing her own child, she continued, she has learned that it’s much more difficult to practice it than to teach how to practice it.

Asked why this was so, she answered that it’s more about the reality of things. She gave an example of telling a female child she doesn’t have to play with dolls, but the female section of the toy store is filled with dolls.

She also discussed how feminism and femininity aren’t two mutually exclusive things. A woman can be a feminist and be feminine, she said.

She asked that women think of their individual self, what they like, and is that thing causing them harm?

On chivalry, Chimamanda said she feels it’s an idea rooted in the idea that women are somehow weak and need protecting.

Another thing she discussed was the Hillary Clinton Twitter bio topic. She said she thinks some people are unable to relate to powerful women until those women domesticize themselves with “wife,” “mother.”

You can see the full interview on the Comedy Central website.

16 Comments

  1. Bad

    June 8, 2018 at 12:14 am

    BN trying to protect Chimamanda and avoiding the obvious headline… okay o

  2. Tootsie

    June 8, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Going off the rails with this “feminism” stuff. Enough already!

  3. Dolly

    June 8, 2018 at 1:19 am

    You my dear Chimamanda is getting associated with the extreme version of feminism

  4. iHeart

    June 8, 2018 at 6:57 am

    Did you guys even watch the interview? If you did you wouldn’t be making these comments.

    Chimamanda is not an extreme feminist.

    Please watch it before passing judgement Abeg

    • abby

      June 8, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      I just realised that most people do not actually read or watch the things she says, they scan through the headlines and comment.

    • Latifa

      June 9, 2018 at 10:30 am

      they obviously didn’t watch the interview

  5. Her Grace

    June 8, 2018 at 7:34 am

    “A woman can be a feminist and still be feminine.” Totally agree with you on that Sister. We are not here to compete with the menfolk but to compliment them while making sure no one cheats us of our rights to be human.

  6. Osita Okeke

    June 8, 2018 at 7:36 am

    The greatest of womanhood have been achieved by Mother Mary, she gave birth to God as a woman, protected in all standard, you can only struggle to become who you are not but calmly maintains who you are. No woman is weak, but every feminist is weak in the real nature of womanhood..

  7. ***

    June 8, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Chivalry is not a show of ‘superior masculinity’ or demeaning of feminity, lol Anyway Chimamanda knows this, I don’t know why she’s has been ridiculous lately
    Another thing she discussed was the Hillary Clinton Twitter bio topic. She said she thinks some people are unable to relate to powerful women until those women domesticize themselves with “wife,” “mother.” please this is only in America were most things are colourful, superficial and pageantry strictly for optics and TV lol when has Angela Merkel, Theresa May, Malala Yousafzai, Nicola Sturgeon, Christiane Amanpour etc domesticised themselves?? Even in America, the seriously powerful women (past and current) apart from women in entertainment don’t domesticise themselves or wave their motherhood or marital status in our faces lol namely; Nikki Haley, Condoleezza Rice, Samantha Powers, that Facebook exec (can’t remember her name lol? This is beyond reaching ma, I know to some of your core fans you are ‘GOD’ incapable of no wrong or ever saying something off lol
    Focus on equal rights and treating women with equal respect

  8. OJ

    June 8, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Bn used style style edit out the part she said it’s not okay for men to open doors for women…..na wa oooo. To be gentlemanly is also a sin to the feminazis again…. God pass una

    • iHeart

      June 8, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Don’t be daft, she said she thinks it’s lovely for men to open the door for her but NOT because they perceive her to be weaker but just because they think its the right and kind thing to do and especially as long as the man is opening doors for other men and children as well.

      Nigerians please read and comprehend. Listen and aim to understand exactly what she is saying and not what you “think” she is saying. Instead of just jumping on the bandwagon to crucify her.

    • ***

      June 8, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Daft idiot! You didn’t hear when she said chivalry is done with the idea that women are weak?
      Stupid bandwagon asslicker
      Nigerians pls listen carefully before spewing gibberish in a bid to appear sophisticated

    • abby

      June 8, 2018 at 4:30 pm

      Thats not what she said, she said dont open the door for me just because i’m a woman..open the door because i’m a person. Do you see guys hold the door for other guys? Don’t do things for me because you feel like “she’s a woman and she’s weak”, do it because i’m a person.

  9. Ese

    June 8, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Please when will [it be okay for] women to start proposing to men.? I can live my life, have all the fun and when I’m readyfor marriage I’d talk to mumsi to get me a husband.. Hehe.
    when will women start paying the

    • Ese

      June 8, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Groom price? PLS LIVE AND LET LIVE. I believe in equity & mutual respect. If someone is coming right behind you, it’s only common sense that you hold the door, gender not withstanding. And if you are a man, don’t just hold the door for ‘your woman’ let her walk in first.. PROTECT Her!

  10. Uberhaute Looks

    June 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    Even Bellanaijarians too! I bow for Nigerians oooo. English comprehension Na war these days

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