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VIDEO: Why Sexism Annoys Me More Than Racism Does –Chimamanda



Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has revealed the reason, she is angrier about sexism than about racism.

She made her reasons known at an Esquire UK annual event, titled Esquire Townhouse. The video of the event was on the verified Instagram handle of the media outlet.

In the video, Adichie was asked why she’s angrier about sexism than racism.

She responded, “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.”

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Multi-award winning writer @chimamanda_adichie tells #EsquireTownhouse how she is constantly expected to make a case when it comes to gender. Hit the link in our bio to watch the full video.

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Mubaraq is a content editor at "The Poise Nigeria'. A music enthusiast, In love with anything edible, a 'not so die-hard' Chelsea fan, and a lover of all things beautiful.

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