In an earlier post, I argued about how certain men distort the meaning of Feminism and make it about themselves. I believed that this discrimination existed only around me and my world. After listening to a TEDx talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, it occurred to me that this ignorance is prevalent in every nook and corner of the world. You could call it my ignorance.
This amazing woman so subtly and beautifully explains the meaning of Feminism; how society predetermines gender roles; and how we accept and internalize them. It makes a lot of sense. Though it is a long talk (30 minutes), it held my attention. And I request everyone, feminist or not, to watch it.
Two wonderful quotes from this talk:
- The problem with gender is it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are.
- Culture does not make people. People make culture.
And as it is with every topic on Feminism, there will be those who disagree, those who will argue that women have more rights, those who will brush this off as another long rant, but in the end it all comes down to perspective. We view the world from where we stand.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Please do comment.