We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller / We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much/ You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man / Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage / I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important / A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support / But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? / We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments / Which I think can be a good thing / But for the attention of men / We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are / Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.
I had never heard of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie until the song. But after listening to the snippet, I’m interested in what she has to say. Here’s her full TED talk given this past April:
- Adichie gave her first TED talk, called “The Danger of a Single Story,” in 2009. She tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.” Watch it here.
- Her novel Americanah has appeared on many book critics “Best Of” lists for 2013.
- Additional novels under her belt include Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, as well as a book of short stories titled The Thing Around Your Neck.
Looks like I need to create a new list of books to read in 2014! You can watch the ***Flawless video HERE.
Source: The Frisky