Bad Feminist

Bad Feminist

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Book - 2014
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From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller, Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more, and instant classic

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, coming from one of our most interesting and important cultural critics.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9780062282712
0062282719
Branch Call Number: 814.6 GAY R
Characteristics: xiv, 320 pages ; 21 cm

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lilypad_1
Oct 15, 2020

I found this book hard to read, maybe because I am over 60 and didn't relate to a lot of the pop culture that she referred to. I am a feminist and have been since the 70's so this just didn't resonate with me and I skipped around and put it down.

OPL_AnnaW Dec 20, 2019

The premise of this book is so good - "bad feminist" doesn't mean Gay doesn't care about equality for women; it means she is imperfect. The essays in this book are relatable and illuminating, tackling topics ranging from pop culture to the personal.

STPL_Emily Sep 06, 2019

I am a fan of Roxane Gay. This diverse collection of essays is well written and filled with raw insights into Gay's evolution as a woman and her perspective on the culture we live in. I recommend it highly!

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bogwolf
Jun 20, 2019

Author's voice is strong, and funny, and smart, and passionate.

Well built collection of essays, much of it already published elsewhere, showing Gay as a thoughtful and complex critical thinker about our era. Recommended to readers who enjoy insights on politics and culture.

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ERICA CROSS
Mar 11, 2019

Bahni Turpin was a great narrator

JCLHebahA Jan 29, 2019

I follow Roxane Gay's commentary on pop culture, so I enjoyed this chance to read her collected writings. The essays cover a lot of ground from her own personal experiences to commentary on how pop culture handles race and gender issues. Part of being a bad feminist, per her own definition, is that she can only write from her own experiences and perspectives, and she doesn't want to be placed on a pedestal and claim to have all the answers. I can live with that and by the same logic may very well be a bad feminist too.

KatieD_KCMO Dec 03, 2018

So much has been written about Roxane Gay and her essays that I don't think I can add anything unique or new to the already existing commentary. This collection of essays, some long, some very short, was definitely ahead of it's time. While her pop culture and movie critiques are still satisfyingly relevant, I suggest foregoing some of the political essays in this collection and seeking out some of her more recent essays, post-Trump and #metoo movement, because Gay starts those conversation in some of these essays and surely has much more to say now that these issues have moved into the mainstream.

So much has been written about Roxane Gay and her essays that I don't think I can add anything unique or new to the already existing commentary. This collection of essays, some long, some very short, was definitely ahead of it's time. While her pop culture and movie critiques are still satisfyingly relevant, I suggest foregoing some of the political essays in this collection and seeking out some of her more recent essays, post-Trump and #metoo movement, because Gay starts those conversations in this collection and surely has much more to say now that these issues have moved into the mainstream.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 25, 2018

A collection of smart, searing, and often funny essays. Gay brings her sharp intellect to explore aspects of American life in a culture which is in turns challenging, ridiculous, complicated, uplifting, and tragic. Her tone is conversational and deeply personal. Worthwhile and thought provoking read.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Aug 06, 2018

While a lot has changed in a very few years, as a 2018 reader will notice, this is an excellent, smart look at pop culture viewed through an intersectional feminist lens.

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Mar 01, 2015

"I would rather be a bad feminist, than no feminist at all."

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