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Book 15 - Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Read Harder Challenge task #19: Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist issues

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.

There is much food for thought in this collection of essays. While I didn't always agree with Ms. Gay's assertions about feminism and race in popular culture, she presents her ideas in a cogent and straight-forward manner. A bit of self-effacing humor (but not so much that it rings false) adds to the appeal and accessibility. The topics range from a light-hearted and endearing description of her foray into competitive Scrabble to a harrowing description of an assault she endured in middle school to a hard-hitting call to arms about the erosion of women's reproductive rights. Her twitter presence is also entertaining.
Tags: essays, feminist

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