Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions - Suggestions 4-6 Summary & Analysis

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The author’s fourth suggestion involves a phenomenon she names “Feminism Lite” (20), which is defined as “the idea of conditional female equality” (20). The author provides a number of examples of Feminism Lite at work. These include analogies likening men to the “head” and women to the “neck,” which interpret women’s indirect, “conditional” power for power itself. Other examples of Feminism Lite include those people who claim that women can make choices and have power if their husbands “allow” it.

The discussion of Feminism Lite triggers the author’s reflections on why she is “angrier about sexism” (23) than racism. She writes that in her circle of friends, racial injustice is more easily acknowledged than “gender injustice” (23). As an example, she cites their mutual friend Ikenga, who is “always quick to deny that anything is caused by misogyny” (23) and who would always rather point...

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