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Chimamanda Adichie was a guest at the Esquire Townhouse, United Kingdom where she touched on racism though she feels more comfortable talking about it than when sexism is the topic.
The author in a chat with Esquire’s Editor-In-Chief Alex Bilmes explains when her host said, “You say that you are angrier about sexism than you are about racism.”
She mentioned that having to give obvious reasons why women are disadvantaged can be a bit of a stress.
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But she does not get this reaction when talking about racism.
“I said that because in my very own personal space, the people I love, the people I’m close to, my family, my friends, all get race. So, I have never with them have to make a case, for why something was racist.
“So, I’m in my circle of friends, White people, Black people, Asian people, Hispanic people and when something happens to do with Blackness, immediately, we all get it.
“But with gender, I find that with the people I love, I’m constantly being expected to make the case, the ways in which, women are reduced, the ways in which authority in women is judged much more different than authority in a man.
“And I’m constantly being asked by the people, I love. So, I’m not talking about anonymous people, to make that case and it gets emotionally exhausting.
“Because, I don’t feel like I have the kind of effortless support that I have, when I talk about race.”
Adichie’s feminist views may be misleading women
Chimamanda Adichie’s thoughts on feminism seem to be driven towards societal change and reforming but a presidential aspirant thinks it can mislead women.
Eunice Atuejide, the founder of the National Interest Party was on an interview with Cool FM’s Daddy Freeze. In their conversation she talked about not subscribing to the idea of feminism and the threat the writer poses.
“I think she is an extremist and sometimes misleading a lot of our girls. There are actually few times when I actually agree with her but most of the times I’m like ‘oh my God!’ I hope our women don’t necessarily take on too much of what she says because some of them might turn around and bite them in the bum,” says Atuejide whose interest is centered more on having a functional society as opposed to fighting for women.