On page 21 of We Should All be Feminists, Adichie writes,
“Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. I am angry. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change. But I am also hopeful, because I believe deeply in the ability of human being to remake themselves for the better.”
In this passage, Adichie is obviously expressing anger, but anger that she identifies as important, positive, and helpful. Throughout this course we have explored a number of sex/gender/identity-related issues, both historical and contemporary. How does Adichie’s essay contribute to your understanding of sex/gender-related issues? How does Adichie explore the themes of gender and justice in her essay that parallel issues we discussed in class over the course of the semester? Finally, how can anger be a justified, positive response to gender issues?
Please respond to the above questions in an essay between 600 and 750 words.
In answering the questions above, be sure that you use ample evidence from the course readings and the Adichie book. This should include direct quotes, paraphrases and examples. You must absolutely cite every piece of evidence you use from the readings.
Your essays will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
20% – Clear, focused, central argument
30% – Evidence is balanced, related to the question, clearly connected to the central argument, and unpacked for the reader
10% – Citations, which are correctly done, consistent, and thorough
20% – Organization is clear, consistent, and appropriate. Essay has a solid introduction and conclusion that clearly establishes the central argument and parameters of the essay. Essay also has a strong topic sentence that help drives the argument. Every paragraph is fully developed and meets the criteria for a paragraph.
20% – Style and Grammar. The essay is nicely crafted with solid, effective prose, and is grammatically correct with good spelling and careful punctuation.