Doublethink was described by George Orwell in his legendary book, 1984, as the ability to simultaneously hold two contradictory beliefs. But unlike cognitive dissonance, a related term where contradictory beliefs cause conflict in a person’s mind, doublethink is marked by complete unawareness of holding contradicting views.
In a piece for The Guardian Nigeria titled “Feminism is not African, a question of cultural doublethink”, I argue that it is doublethink to support women’s equality in Africa while simultaneously claiming that the most successful tool for achieving women’s equality—namely, feminism—can not be African.
Read the piece by clicking on the link.
Image is Rotimi Fani Kayode, Dan Mask, 1989.—
Hi! I’m Minna Salami. I’m a writer, blogger, columnist, lecturer and speaker and the founder of the feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, which connects feminism to contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. I’ve been listed alongside Michelle Obama and Angelina Jolie as one of “twelve women changing the world” by ELLE and my work has been used as a resource and case study at universities around the world. Like what you just read? Sign up above to receive new posts directly in your inbox.