Let’s All Be Feminists

Today, we’re watching Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDTalk “We Should All Be Feminists.” As you watch, consider taking notes to help you participate in discussion and answer the following questions. 

  • Do you call yourself a feminist? Why or why not?
  • Does the culture you grew up in have different expectations for boys and girls? At what age do distinctions between the genders start? Do you believe these expectations arise out of biological difference, or socialization?
  • Adichie thinks American women do not want to seem aggressive, that they are more invested in being “liked.” Is it possible to be “liked” and still insist on equal treatment?
  • On a reddit thread about this TEDtalk, one person quipped, “Why should we be feminists? Why not egalitarians?” Why is the term feminism important here? Or, why shouldn’t we be egalitarians?

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