In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today. 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.
I love so many things about this collection of essays from Roxane Gay. I love her love of the colour pink (which I have recently also reconciled with). I love her initially skeptical slide into playing scrabble competitively. I love her enjoyment of the Sweet Valley franchise. Most of all, I love her openness to nuance. I’ll admit that I’m not all the way through yet, but this is enjoyable reading as well as useful, wisdom-filled musing from someone who acknowledges early on that she isn’t looking to be the source of absolute knowledge on any topic she’s about to introduce. That kind of humility is rare, and maybe even surprising from someone with such talent – goshdarnit she’s a gem and I love her.