Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
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.
My tl;dr of my thoughts on this book is that I love Gay’s writing and loved these essays, but there were a couple where I didn’t understand how they related to the theme of the book, which is being a bad feminist. There were quite a few that I thought were fairly basic feminism, and some that were fairly nuanced feminism. There was a random one on Scrabble, and I’m still unclear as to how enjoying Scrabble makes Gay a bad feminist. So, I think the title of Bad Feminist is meant more as a marketing technique than an actual representation of what was included in the book.
All that being said, this book was definitely worth the read for me. Gay is very talented at breaking things down, exploring all sides, and making her point really clear. I think it would be great for anyone trying to learn a bit more about feminism and how it actually impacts everyday life. If you’ve done a lot of feminist readings, you would likely still get something out of this book. I’d also recommend the audiobook; it’s really well-done and I personally just enjoy audiobooks for non-fiction. I think this is a book I’ll end up buying for myself to reread at some point.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you have any recommendations? Let me know!