“I had learned a lesson about Western culture: Women who wanted to be taken seriously were supposed to substantiate their seriousness with a studied indifference to appearance.”
This year, she was invited to sit in the front row during the Paris Fashion Week at the Dior SS17 show where her well known essay title “We Should All Be Feminists” was printed in large bold letters across t-shirts on the runway. The person responsible for this recognition of Adichie: Dior’s newly appointed creative director, Maria Grazia Chiuri. This celebration by one woman of another was a poignant moment in fashion history: Chiuri after all is the first woman to ever hold this high a position at the legendary fashion house (which ironically caters mostly to women).
Golden Nuggets"Of course I am not worried about intimidating men. The type of man who will be intimidated by me is exactly the type of man I have no interest in.""The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.""Some people ask: 'Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general - but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women. That the problem was not about being human, but specifically about being a female human. For centuries, the world divided human beings into two groups and then proceeded to exclude and oppress one group. It is only fair that the solution to the problem acknowledge that."
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