“MANY GIRLS REMAIN SILENT WHEN ABUSED BECAUSE THEY WANT TO BE NICE”: Adichie’s Feminist Manifesto

“Her Hob Is Not to Make Herself Likeable”: Adichie’s Powerful Essay on Raising a Feminist Daughter by Ishita Sengupta

“Her job is not to make herself likeable, her job is to be her full self, a self that is honest and aware of the equal humanity of other people…Please do not ever put this pressure on your daughter. We teach girls to be likeable, to be nice, to be false. And we do not teach boys the same. This is dangerous. Many sexual predators have capitalized on this. Many girls remain silent when abused because they want to be nice. Many girls spend too much time trying to be ‘nice’ to people who do them harm. Many girls think of the ‘feelings’ of those who are hurting them. This is the catastrophic consequence of likeability.” (DEAR IJEAWELE, OR A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS)

 

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