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Bad Feminist: Essays | [Roxane Gay]

Bad Feminist: Essays

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

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    K. Elle Atlanta, GA 08-23-14
    K. Elle Atlanta, GA 08-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A smart read from a refreshing voice"
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    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.

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    Petey 04-08-15
    Petey 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous book!"

    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!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Iloveamazon 03-23-15
    Iloveamazon 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Thank god she wrote this book"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    E. Opoku 03-17-15
    E. Opoku 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    Enjoyed the narration and content of this book! Roxanne nails it in some many ways! Great read for black feminists

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Krista Heiser United States 03-10-15
    Krista Heiser United States 03-10-15

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    "Excellent"

    I really enjoyed this collection of essays. I found that I, too, am a bad feminist. I also learned there are competitive Scrabble leagues - who knew!

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    Heather 03-09-15
    Heather 03-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable"

    There was much more covered in this than just feminism. Gets into race and even sexual preferences. Really enjoyed it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor Cherryvale, KS, United States 02-06-15
    Taylor Cherryvale, KS, United States 02-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Essays"
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    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!

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    Rachel 01-30-15
    Rachel 01-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This review has some spoilers. "

    I have always thought and probably will always believe feminist is a word describing young white women whom want the things sexism denies them. It was never an all-inclusive movement.

    The treatment of Django and Inglorious bastard is unfair in comparison to ROOTS . What about Kill Bill .... women fury. The word Niggar is hard to hear. Django is not about historical treatment of slavery. Alhtough one of the more honest dipiction the way WHITE people valued Niggars and the way some still feel. The hate is past down like a family heirloom. Many of the points you make about how Django's only option for success is help from a white man is woefully optimistic of the time. How eles could it happen in Mississippi. From what I understand about the place, its still like that in many respects.

    Paula Dean - come on who didnt no she was a racist. And every non ghetto acting/looking white talking black person has had the racist confidential talk. " YOU are NOT like them. " A good response is to slap the shit out of them but you know how that would go down. Why did you respond with violence she was giving you a complement.

    So right about 'The Help' ... some white women I knew at the time it came out (note the word knew) were so proud of themselves for reading the book and watching the movie. Like it absolved them of any racism they harbored.

    Ultimately I get it and I acept you as is.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annissa 01-22-15
    Annissa 01-22-15 Member Since 2012

    I like Doctor Who.

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    "Exemplifies what it means to me to be a feminist"

    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Omaha, NE, United States 11-26-14
    Kelly Omaha, NE, United States 11-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great work by a girl from my hometown."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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