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From the Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: We should all be feminists

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Gender matters everywhere in the wolrd, but I want to focus on Nigeria and on Africa in general, because it is where I know, and because it is where my heart is. And I would like toady to ask that we begin to darem about and plan for a different world, a fairer world, a world of happier men and hieappr women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also riase our sons differently. We do a great disservice to boys on how we raise them; we stlfie the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way, masculinity becomes this hard, small cage and we put boys inside the cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear. We teach boys to be afraid of weakness, of vulnerability. We tcaeh them to mask their true selves, because they have to be, in Nigerian speak, "hard man!" In sdacrneoy school, a boy and a girl, both of them teenagers, both of them with the same amount of pocket mnoey, would go out and then the boy would be expected always to pay, to prove his masculinity. And yet we wonder why boys are more likely to setal money from their parents.

Open Cloze

Gender matters everywhere in the _____, but I want to focus on Nigeria and on Africa in general, because it is where I know, and because it is where my heart is. And I would like _____ to ask that we begin to _____ about and plan for a different world, a fairer world, a world of happier men and _______ women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also _____ our sons differently. We do a great disservice to boys on how we raise them; we ______ the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way, masculinity becomes this hard, small cage and we put boys inside the cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear. We teach boys to be afraid of weakness, of vulnerability. We _____ them to mask their true selves, because they have to be, in Nigerian speak, "hard man!" In _________ school, a boy and a girl, both of them teenagers, both of them with the same amount of pocket _____, would go out and then the boy would be expected always to pay, to prove his masculinity. And yet we wonder why boys are more likely to _____ money from their parents.

Solution

  1. stifle
  2. today
  3. money
  4. secondary
  5. dream
  6. world
  7. teach
  8. steal
  9. raise
  10. happier

Original Text

Gender matters everywhere in the world, but I want to focus on Nigeria and on Africa in general, because it is where I know, and because it is where my heart is. And I would like today to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world, a fairer world, a world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: we must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently. We do a great disservice to boys on how we raise them; we stifle the humanity of boys. We define masculinity in a very narrow way, masculinity becomes this hard, small cage and we put boys inside the cage. We teach boys to be afraid of fear. We teach boys to be afraid of weakness, of vulnerability. We teach them to mask their true selves, because they have to be, in Nigerian speak, "hard man!" In secondary school, a boy and a girl, both of them teenagers, both of them with the same amount of pocket money, would go out and then the boy would be expected always to pay, to prove his masculinity. And yet we wonder why boys are more likely to steal money from their parents.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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