A mini party has begun on Twitter and the theme for tonight’s jamboree is not unconnected to what popular Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, said during her most recent interview.
The award-winning author was on “The Daily Show” with host Trevor Noah, where she discussed her book “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.”
Chimamanda says she has a problem with men holding the door for women. It implies that women are weak. pic.twitter.com/sGzvDvNPkS
— Laila Ijeoma (@LailaIjeoma) June 7, 2018
During the interview, Chimamanda once again shared one of her personal views and this time she says she has a problem with men holding doors for women.
According to her, even though she likes the idea of men holding the door for women, she has a problem with it.
“I think just like holding the door shouldn’t be gender because we should open the door for every one. I hold the door for men and women. I think the idea of sort of holding the door for a woman because she is a woman, I have trouble with, I’m quite happy for people to hold the door for me i hope they are not doing for the sort of idea of chivalry because chivalry is the idea of women are somehow weak and need protecting but we know that there many women who are stronger than men,” she said.
She further expressed her disdain for the idea of people always saying women and children should be rescued first in times of tragedy rather saving the weak and unwell.
“Which is also why I have issues with women and children when women are classified…when there is a tragedy and we say women and children should live first. I think actually it is the people who are weak and unwell who should leave first,” she said.
You can see the full interview on the Comedy Central website.
The content of her interview has begun to generate divergent views on Twitter as users are now giving their opinions on all she has said.
Chimamanda needs to go to a corner and be quiet. Very soon she’ll have a problem with the “man” part of her name.
— Ego Oyibo 💷💷 💵💵 (@So_phynee) June 7, 2018
I don’t like putting mouth in all these Chimamanda gist but I need to sound this clearly 🔊
Whether we are dating, loving, hating, playing…whatever, please be opening door for me. I’m begging you.
If that’s the criteria for being weak, I gree. I WEAK well well. Thank you
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) June 7, 2018
Why are a lot of Nigerian men always critical of Chimamanda? I don't agree with all her views, but just let her be. Offer your own opinions and let individuals decide what they want to do. Chimamanda deserves more respect.
— Dr. Dípò Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) June 7, 2018
A man who open/hold the door for a lady:
Puts the lady first.
Appreciates the lady.
Knows how to treat a lady exactly how she's supposed to be treated.
Dear Chimamanda, chivalry isn't weakness.
— Iyá Lájè Of Lagos (@newscantell) June 7, 2018
All Chimamanda is saying is: Hold or open doors because you want to, because it makes you feel good. Not because you're opening it for a woman, and just because she's a woman, you need to open the door for her.
Is that so difficult to understand?
— Sochi (@TheJiggvle) June 7, 2018
Chimamanda is the Queen of starting conversations that challenge societal norms. Arouses your mind to reconsider the things you were born to uphold without question.
— Baba Folarin (@That_IjebuBadoo) June 7, 2018
Chimamanda is right on this one tho 🤷🏽
If you're a feminist, why will you be expecting or allowing your man to be opening doors for you? since we're equal it's either I open one time, you open another time, or nobody opens the door for anybody. pic.twitter.com/wnW8CFis3i
— Mr Zulai (@MrZulai) June 7, 2018
Lmao *Titanic starts to sink*
Captain: “Women and children go on the lifeboats first”
Chimamanda: “Why?? Are you saying we’re weak?”
— patriAkh (@Omarvelli) June 7, 2018