Auntie Chimamanda is back at it again with some seriously thought provoking ideas on feminism, this time, on how to raise a feminist child. In a 9,000 word essay, my favorite Nigerian novelist has penned not only a letter, but a complete feminist manifesto to a friend who has just given birth to a daughter. This is means so much to me; as an aunt to four little girls, a step mother to a fiery 9 year old girl, and a future mom to whatever the ancestors throw at me, instilling feminist ideals, womanist ideals, self loving ideals, into the children in my life is essential but can be overwhelming.
I often wonder: Is this too much for them to understand? Am I being selfish? Am I giving them the space to formulate their own ideas? Clearly I am not alone, as Adichie proceeds to break down the multiple layers that make up the black, African, feminist woman, who is feeling lost in her quest to navigate patriarchy, tradition, and our own insecurities as mothers and care takers. Her writing is prolific for a reason, she gives me so many ah-ha moments in this piece! PLEASE take 30 mins out of your day for this! Full post here