Chilvary. You might want to check this word again as it comes alive in the latest interview on Comedy Central’s the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie sat down with Trevor Noah to discuss feminism and her book Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.
The celebrated author said chivalry, for example opening doors for people, shouldn’t be gender-based and women should also open the door for men.
She said on the show: I think gestures like holding the door shouldn’t be gender-based. I think it’s a lovely thing to hold the door but we should hold the door for everyone.
Like, I hold the door for men and for women. And so I think the idea of someone holding the door for a woman because she’s a woman… I have trouble with it.
I’m quite happy for people to hold the door for me. But I’m like, hope they’re not doing it because of this sort of idea of chivalry. Because chivalry is really about the idea that women are somehow weak and need protecting. But we know that really, there are many women who are stronger than men.
Nigerians have since been reacting to her expressed views.
Chimamanda is a great woman, intelligent but I think she's also a bully and a fanatic, just like that smart student that gets away with anything cos the teachers think she can't do such a thing cos they are too smart, intelligent n are always reading.. That's chimamanda for us.
— Ette Ibibio (@geeweeny) June 9, 2018
Though there had been some speculation on Twitter about whether Adichie’s appearance on the show would lead to an announcement of a new book, the interview focused on her bestseller Dear Ijeawele instead. Some of the topics discussed were the relationship between femininity and feminism, whether chivalry is really still necessary, men who are feminists, and Hillary Clinton’sTwitter.
Tell her she's wonderful.
Tell her she's beautiful.
Tell her she's awesome.
Tell her she's great.
Tell her she's worthy.
Tell her she's precious.
Tell her she's nice.
Tell her she's important.
Don't mind chimamanda
— ۞۩fãTö ۩۞ (@fhatoh_s) June 9, 2018
The interview episode had some more great moments between Adichie and Noah. A highlight was when Adichie spoke about how much she liked Noah’s mother, leading her to tell the host, “I think everything good in you is because your mother raised you.”
“It’s a compliment that sounds like an insult. You know, it’s like ‘everything good in you is from your mom. The rest of that shit is you. That’s you and your dad.'” Noah jokingly responded.
More responses from twitter:
“Men have to be on board. You can change women all you want — if you don’t change men, nothing changes. Because we share the world.”
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) June 7, 2018