Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has gotten everybody talking again after she shared her thoughts on chivalry during her latest chat with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show.
The Nigerian writer went on the show to talk about her latest feminist work, Dear Ijeawele, and during the conversation she critiqued the idea of chivalry, noted why she has a problem with men holding the door for women, women and children given priority during emergency situations, and why she feels these acts/gestures often sprout from the idea that the woman is weak.
“I think just like holding the door shouldn’t be gender because we should open the door for every one. I hold the door for men and women. I think the idea of sort of holding the door for a woman because she is a woman, I have trouble with, I’m quite happy for people to hold the door for me i hope they are not doing for the sort of idea of chivalry because chivalry is the idea of women are somehow weak and need protecting but we know that there many women who are stronger than men.
Which is also why I have issues with women and children when women are classified…when there is a tragedy and we say women and children should live first. I think actually it is the people who are weak and unwell who should leave first.”
Watch the clip below.
As expected, this triggered heated debate on social media; while many fans agreed with her thoughts, others, who apparently have a problem with her feminist ideas, are flaying her on Twitter.
See some of the reactions below.
According to Chimamanda, Jack just died for nothing in Titanic. 😊
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) June 7, 2018
Personally, I hold the door for anyone coming behind me, be it male or female.
Not sure where Chimamanda got her view from, but no, I do not hold the door based on gender. I do it for all gender.
— EEU. 🇳🇬 (@royaltyuso) June 7, 2018
You guys deliberately misunderstand and misinterpret the things Chimamanda says because you think that by disparaging her opinions you’ll destroy feminism or discredit our arguments. You are unfortunate fools.
— O. George-Taylor (@ItsOreoluwa) June 7, 2018
Understand Chimamanda. I think some people listen to her with the intention to find faults with whatever she has to say.
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 7, 2018
The only thing I have say to the Chimamanda debate is this:
I absolutely love it when a man opens doors for me. Infact, any man who does this (friend or lover) scores major points with me because I regard it as being gentlemanly. Weakness doesn’t come to play here AT ALL.
— Moji Delano (@MojiDelanoBlog) June 7, 2018