In this collection of essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in chains). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Through Roxane’s eyes we see how racism, sexism, and homophobia are playing out today. A must-read for anyone interested in reading about the modern world from one of its brightest voices.
Best-selling author Roxane Gay’s writing is admired for its fierce, unflinching gaze; its vulnerability and raw honesty; and its conviction that we are more alike than we are different. In Bad Feminist, she takes on popular culture from TV shows like The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and Top Chef to the new crop of super-unlikable female characters on reality and sitcom shows; from the many media-contrived controversies, it has been her job to analyze as an online opinion writer; from celebrities who use their fame for activism on behalf of women’s issues to those who opt out of feminism altogether. With characteristic honesty, humor, and passion, Gay makes it clear that no one has all the answers. What she does have is a unique combination of personal revelation and critical acuity that allows her to see clearly what’s happening in pop culture and understand why we hunger for the things we do—and why we should resist them or not.
A fresh take on feminism that looks at the world through a personal lens. In Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay takes us beyond the expected to examine a wide array of topics, including pop culture and media, politics, teenage girlhood, social justice, and privilege. She interrogates how gender and race play out in our present culture while exploring how these issues resonate in our past. This is one of my favorite books on feminism because it’s so accessible, understandable and easy to read. It gives you tools to be more understanding of people’s different perspectives, especially when it comes to feminism and what that means for every single person.
About Bad Feminist Book
Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture.
Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.
Feel me, see me, hear me, reach me —
Peculiar benefits —
Typical first year professor —
To scratch, claw or grope clumsily or frantically —
How to be friends with another woman —
Girls, girls, girls —
I once was Miss America —
Garish, glorious spectacles —
Not here to make friends —
How we all lose —
Reaching for catharsis : getting fat right (or wrong) and Diana Spechler’s Skinny —
The smooth surfaces of idyll —
The careless language of sexual violence —
What we hunger for —
The illusion of safety/the safety of illusion —
The spectacle of broken men —
A tale of three coming out stories —
Beyond the measure of men —
Some jokes are funnier than others —
Dear young ladies who love Chris Brown —
So much they would let him beat them —
Blurred lines, indeed —
The trouble with Prince Charming, or, He who trespassed against us —
The solace of preparing fried foods and other quaint remembrances from 1960s Mississippi : thoughts on The help —
Surviving Django —
Beyond the struggle narrative —
The morality of Tyler Perry —
The last day of a young black man —
When less is more —
The politics of respectability —
When Twitter does what journalism cannot —
The alienable rights of women —
Holding out for a hero —
A tale of two profiles —
The racism we all carry —
Tragedy, call, compassion, response —
Bad feminist : take one —
Bad feminist : take two