Often in literary criticism, writers are told that a character isn’t likable, as if a character’s likability is directly proportional to the quality of a novel’s writing ~ Roxane Ga
I was going through a news archive, of one of my favourite writer, a feminist, a fellow countryman and a woman by gender. I came across one of her recent speech and I thought I should share with my ever interactive friends.
The award winning author and renowned feminist thinker Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave a speech at the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards ceremony about the pitfalls and stupidity of pursuing likability.
Well if you don’t know, I live in a world where women are taught from a young age to be inoffensive, loving and working to avoid “stains” but Adichie thinks that wrong and had her heart bare laid bare to the world.
She thinks this attitude and pressure from society on the female gender would ultimately stunt the girl’s growth as a human being, preventing her from leading fully self-actualized life.
She had this to say to the world:
“I think that what our society teaches young girls is not fair, and I think it’s also something that’s quite difficult for even older women and self-professed feminists to shrug off, is that idea that likability is an essential part of you, of the space you occupy in the world, that you’re supposed to twist yourself into shapes to make yourself likable, that you’re supposed to hold back sometimes, pull back, don’t quite say, don’t be too pushy, because you have to be likable.
And I say that’s bullshit.
So what I want to say to young girls is forget about likability. If you start thinking about being likable you are not going to tell your story honestly, because you are going to be so concerned with not offending, and that’s going to ruin your story. so forget about likeability. And also the world is such a wonderful, diverse, and multi-faceted place that there’s somebody who’s going to like you; you don’t need to twist yourself into shapes.”
It’s funny how I can’t completely say for sure if she has my support on this one..
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