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We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, β€œYou can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man.” Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices, always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a system of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other on pedestals, not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are. Feminist. A person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (via evanescent-radiance)