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there is a very REAL ‘queer’ undertone to this talk on (african) feminism. there is something for absolutely everyone to connect with, and i truly believe that is Adichie’s greatest strength. She uses the language of inclusion and ally-ship so well. so many of the things she is saying ring true to my life philosophy.

favourite quotes:

“we stifle the humanity of boys”

“we teach boys to be afraid of fear”

“weight of gender expectations”

“the language of marriage is often a language of ownership rather than a language of partnership”

“gender colours the way we experience the world”

“we teach girls shame”

“girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. girls grow up to be women who silence themselves”

“we have turned pretense into an artform”

“culture does not make people, people make culture”

“i have chose to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness & femininity”

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