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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Why Being a Feminist and Loving Makeup Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

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Who was it that first said feminists don’t care about their appearance? Was it a Reddit user? Rush Limbaugh? (It was probably an egg on Twitter.) Well, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie would like to chime in on the discussion. The author who literally wrote the book on feminism addressed a rapt audience at the Washington Ideas Forum on Wednesday. When asked about her take on the transformative power of really good lipstick, Adichie had this to say: “I like makeup. I can intellectualize it and say that it’s also partly the idea that I refuse to accept that somehow feminism and femininity are mutually exclusive.”

She continued, explaining:

As a feminist I find it very offensive that femininity means you can’t be taken seriously. I refuse that. I insist that women should have a choice to be as feminine as they like, as they want to be and still be taken seriously. You don’t have to wear oversize suits to be taken seriously. My suggestion perhaps is that men should try wearing high heels. I think it’s a good idea. High heels help you with your posture.

Any takers?

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