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Bad Feminist: Essays de Roxane Gay
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Bad Feminist: Essays (2014 original; edició 2014)

de Roxane Gay (Autor)

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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 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. 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.… (més)
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Títol:Bad Feminist: Essays
Autors:Roxane Gay (Autor)
Informació:Harper Perennial (2014), Edition: 1, 336 pages
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Provocative. Sometimes difficult, sometimes upsetting. I'm uncertain how to take some of the anger, some of the hurt and some of the generalisations which, as a non-American white woman, were difficult to relate to my personal experience. That said, the crux of the dilemma Gay describes is in the conflict between acting morally - in the best interest of society in the long run - and acting to belong in the present. This friction is definitely in my life. ( )
  KittyCatrinCat | Aug 29, 2021 |
Bahni Turpin as the reader for the audio version? SIGN. ME. UP.


*****

Roxane Gay showed up on my radar this past year with her two book publications. I knew I'd get around to reading her at some point, but she really hooked me when I came across her Twitter feed during the Michael Brown murder here in St. Louis and the (mostly) horrific ways we handled the situation. Then I found out that Bahni Turpin is the reader for the audio of Bad Feminist (she's the best I've heard so far), and my winter break finally arrived.

I am so glad I read this sooner than later! I can't wait to encourage more people to read it. Gay goes into excellent detail about the perils of over-defining feminism, her own approach to feminism (so much deeper and more profound than that pull-out quote in the synopsis would lead one to believe), and the greater issues concerning civil rights overall. I was already hooked from the beginning, but once I got through the experience she details in "What We Hunger For," I couldn't put it down (metaphorically). The second half of the book, in particular, seems to take on even more gravitas and urgency.

Though I can't say that I necessarily learned anything new--Gay and I seem to be on the same page ideologically, if not always on all individual tastes--she does contextualize and expand upon many subjects in ways I may never be able to achieve. I especially loved her discussion of the whole concept of trigger warnings, birth control, literature, and movies (thankfully confirming my suspicions--and then some--about The Help), as well as her many insights on race. Throughout so much of the reading I wished it were a SoundCloud file where I could add little shout-outs at various points...listening to audiobooks does present a little more of a hurdle when wanting to make notes in the text. I am in awe of her voracious reading and involvement in social media, her dedication to popular culture and furthering the notion that one can still enjoy a flawed piece of entertainment while still being critical of it, and that she continues to question herself and her beliefs. She is a friend I would want as my bosom-est of buddies, and I am grateful that she is as open and honest as she is to share her experiences and worldview with us. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
I regret not having read Bad Feminist when it came out: it’s a great time capsule for US socio-cultural issues in the early 2010s though some of it’s already outdated. Gay offers insightful critiques that have since become common sense.

My main beef is that this book shouldn’t be titled Bad Feminist. It should be called "Essays on Random Topics of Interest to the Author": inter-essay cohesion wasn’t there and I really didn’t care for some of the topics (e.g., Scrabble, Sweet Valley High). The book never arose to a whole greater than the sum of its parts. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
This is one of the best books I've read in a while. Relatable and interesting, makes me feel like I'm talking to a cool professor or mentor. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone. ( )
  jmacccc | Apr 30, 2021 |
The whole time I was reading this book of essays, I was thinking about how to review it. I never really came to a decision about that.

I'll start by saying that, overall, I really, really enjoyed this book. There were parts where I laughed out loud, and parts that I read aloud to my poor sister who was stuck on a plane next to me while I was reading. Having worked in higher ed for years, and worked with quite a few faculty, I found this particularly amusing:

There is a plague on grandmothers. The elder relations of my students begin passing away at an alarming rate one week. I want to warn the surviving grandmothers, somehow. I want them to live.

I loved the entirety of the essay "How to be Friends with Another Woman." Yes, yes, yes, to all of it.

There were some parts in the middle that I found kind of boring, but that was on me, my mindset at the time of reading. The writing was overall excellent.

I found some things within themes to be repetitive, likely because many of these essays were published elsewhere prior to the compilation of this book. However, despite the repetition, each essay brought something new to the topic.

After one of my status updates for this book, a friend asked me how I liked it. She was reluctant to read it because she found the title off-putting, as if there's a "right way" to be a feminist. I assured her that the book was worth the read. I think the idea of being a "bad feminist" comes down to the "popular" thought that there's one right way to be a feminist -- hate men, burn bras, eschew family/kids, etc. -- and that doing the opposite of that -- love men, like the color pink, want babies -- is "doing it wrong."

I think that, through this whole book, Gay shows that there's no one right way to do/be anything. And as far as feminism goes, the final paragraph of the book sums up her views -- and my views -- nicely:

I am a bad feminist. I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all. ( )
  ssperson | Apr 3, 2021 |
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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 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. 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.

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