Bad Feminist: Essays

Bad Feminist: Essays

by Roxane Gay

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New York Times Bestseller

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

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 (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) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062282729
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/05/2014
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 102,220
File size: 618 KB

About the Author

Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.

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Bad Feminist 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Brilliant. It was heart-wrenching and I cried a few times yet I found myself able to smile and laugh often. There were endless times I fully connected with the content and was nodding along or rolling my eyes with her. And there were times I was so moved by a story I had to just put the book down for awhile (and to me that is good writing).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her style of writing and the way she tackles delicate topics about social injustice. Definitely reccomend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gay will make you mad when you read this book. She will annoy you, she will fascinate you, but she will not lie to you. She is perfectly honest about herself, gendered identities, race, and culture. This isn't a man-hating book, it's a female-loving book.
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Thoroughly enjoying this take on feminism that offers a way to live and think about feminism without cutting oneself off from the flawed world - thought provoking, reasonable, honest, and hopeful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this no matter who you are!
KCormack More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. I love her balanced approach and her ability to navigate between the critical analysis and the popular appeal of various pieces of media. I knew I'd found a kindred spirit when she railed Tyler Perry's work and representation of African American women, while acknowledging the flop of The Peeples despite it's appeal. The text was a little heavy in the middle, and at other times, like when the author shared her personal story. It was a powerful thing to do; made me hold my own daughters a little tighter. I highly recommend, especially for media scholars, African American scholars, and women's studies peeps.