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We Raise Women Who Turn Pretence Into An Art Form

We Raise Women Who Turn Pretence Into An Art Form

One of my favourite quotations from one of my favourite writers:

“We raise girls to cater to the fragile egos of men. We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We tell girls ‘ you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man. …

We teach girls shame – close your legs, cover yourself! We make them feel as though by being born female, they’re already guilty of something. And so girls grow up to be women who cannot see they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up – and this is the worst thing we do to girls – they grow up to be women who turn pretence into an art form.” – Chimamanda Adichie

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