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 listeners 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.
©2014 Roxane Gay (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I like Doctor Who.
"Bad Feminist: Essays" is one of the best books I've read all year (and since it's only January, I'm including all of 2014 in that statement as well). These essays are well thought-out and well argued and I found that even when I didn't agree with Dr. Gay's conclusion, I understood how she got there and respected her opinion. Her writing contains all of the hallmarks of excellent academic writing, though they are more entertaining than any book or article I read in college. I especially enjoyed her essays on the representation of race in entertainment and her explanation of what it means, to her, to be a feminist. I'd give her six stars if it were an option. This is an excellent book.
The narration by Bahni Turpin is also quite good, though her pronunciation of French and Latin words is a bit painful.
I always like to finish a review by listing to whom I would recommend this book, but I can't narrow it down. For the first time ever, I would recommend this book to everyone. I'd recommend it to self-proclaimed feminists, to people who are feminists but refuse to label themselves as such, to people who claim they are anti-feminist because they might see that they aren't, and to people who are genuinely anti-feminist because they might gain a better understanding of what feminism is about.
This book makes me want to write! Not in anger nor as a rebuttal but in solidarity and homage to the strength and beauty of Gay's words. She has indeed found her voice. I am reminded I too have a voice--and it matters. It was a thought-provoking delight to read what matters to this author.
Her thirty-something year old self spoke to my thirty-something year old self in that she has, as she commented of another young woman in the book, the "gift that comes from more years of living" while still embodying all that is youthful, spirited and witty. This is the grace and nuance of being 30-something and she nails it!
Her essays skillfully and momentarily untangle the cords that often kink when ethnicity, feminism and pop culture collide. Bad Feminist is simultaneously light and heavy, shallow and deep, vulnerable and piercing.
Half way through, I began to grieve this book's inevitable end. Plus, anything narrated by Bahni Turpin is that much better for it.
Looking forward to more from Roxane Gay.
This is a must read for women every where of every age. I've never connected more with a book. I appreciate her open candor about not being perfect but being awake and conscious and trying. There's so much more to this book and my review could never do it justice.
I believe the audiobook is ten times better than the physical book. I have both and much prefer the audio version. Bahni Turpin is such a good narrator. I had to remind myself she wasn't Roxane Gay several times while listening to the book over a course of two weeks to and from my drives to work and home.
It's okay to be a bad feminist. It's better than not being a feminist at all!
I really enjoyed listening to this book, the reader did a great job.
The book is filled with important topics & issues that we need to take seriously, but it was also light & funny at times.
I would've enjoyed more than a mention for trans women in a narrative about underprivileged women (particular Trans women of color) but it was a fabulous book non the less!!
This collection of essays was hilarious and very relate-able. Most feminists have their guilty pleasures or secret shames that they'd never tell another feminist they enjoyed. Roxane Gay amplifies these choices in her shameless love of pop culture. I loved and related very well to this book. Read it!
I knew nothing about Roxane Gay when I got this book. As I listened, I kept thinking how amazing it was that she was putting into words many of my own opinions. Then I realized she was raised in conservative Omaha and managed to become a liberal feminist just like myself.
I much prefer her general opinion pieces rather than the critiques of other work (even though I was happy to find I am not the only person on the planet to not adore Girls), but a great book overall.
What I liked best was the author's ability to tackle controversial topics in a balanced way. I enjoyed Roxane Gay's unique style of writing that was present throughout.
Bahni Turpin brought "Bad Feminist" to life....a great reading.
I could relate to this book on so many levels. I laughed plenty and although I wasn't moved to tears, there were times when this work touched my soul.
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