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Not That Bad

Dispatches from Rape Culture
Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Nonfiction, Gender Issues
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Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times best-selling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays read by all 30 contributors, including Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy and Lyz Lenz, tackles rape, assault and harassment head-on. 

In this valuable and timely anthology, cultural critic and best-selling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence and aggression they face and where sexual-abuse survivors are 'routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronised, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied' for speaking out. 

Highlighting the stories of well-known actors, writers and experts, as well as new voices being published for the first time, Not That Bad covers a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation and street harrassment. 

Often deeply personal and always unflinchingly honest, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that 'not that bad' must no longer be good enough. 

The full list of narrators includes: Roxane Gay, Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy, Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, Aubrey Hirsch, Jill Christman, Lynn Melnick, Brandon Taylor, Emma Smith-Stevens, A. J. McKenna, Lisa Mecham, Vanessa Mártir, xTx, Sophie Mayer, Nora Salem, V. L. Seek, Michelle Chen, Liz Rosema, Anthony Frame, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Miriam Zoila Pérez, Zoe Medeiros, Sharisse Tracey, Stacey May Fowles, Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes, Meredith Talusan, Nicole Boyce and Elissa Bassist.

©2018 Compilation and introduction copyright © 2018 by Roxane Gay (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Everyone needs to read this!

How do you rate a book like this? Did I enjoy it? No! Did I like reading it? No! Do I think it's one of the most important books I have read? Yes! Each of these essays ripped at my soul, tore through my heart and made me wish there wasn't a need for these stories to be told. Each one brave and courageous, haunting and sad. I can't compare each story, to the other as they all were good and even the ones I didn't like had a poignant message. This took me longer to read than normal, simply due to the fact that there was only so much I could handle in one sitting. I can't pinpoint a favourite in this book which seems right because how can you have a favourite story about rape culture? What I can say is if you have the chance, get the audiobook, each author reads their own contribution which adds to the emotion of the piece.

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