#BestoftheInternets: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Forget about being liked

By Vanguard Reporter

A few weeks ago, the acclaimed writer was named the groundbreaker honouree at the 2015 Girls Write Now Awards in New York City. During her speech, Adichie spoke about why young girls and women shouldn’t care about being liked when trying to pave their paths as writers and storytellers. “Forget about likability,” the 37-year-old exclaimed. “I think that what our society teaches young girls — and I think that it’s something that’s quite difficult for even older women, self-confessed feminists, to shrug off — is this idea that likeability is an essential part of the space you occupy in the world. That you’re supposed to twist yourself into shapes to make yourself likeable. That you’re supposed to kind of hold back sometimes, pull back. Don’t quite say, don’t be too pushy … because you have to be likeable. And I say that is bullshit.”

 

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