“I am a bad feminist. But I‘d rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all.”
Say it louder for the people in the back 🙌🏻
“There is no one way to tell the story of slavery or to chronicle the black experience. It is not that slavery and struggle narratives shouldn‘t be shared but that these narratives are not enough anymore. Audiences are ready for more from black film... We‘re ready for more of everything but the same, singular stories we‘ve seen for so long.”
Checked this out from the library and a) I‘m gonna need to buy my own copy 👏🏼 and b) the “How to Be Friends with Another Woman” section was heavily dog-eared in my library copy. Clearly, other readers of this book also found that section compelling and relatable. It makes me angry that our culture (and some of us are complicit in this) pits women against each other so well that female/female friendships are difficult for us 🥺
Today I visited The House of Literature to hear Roxane Gay talk about her books. The theme was bad feminist. Given the themes, I‘m a little amazed by how much I laughed. Gay has a great sense of humor. The event was sold out so I sat in a different room with live transfer.
This is from the book signing afterwards, of course I had to buy one her books (tagged) and have it signed.
I haven‘t read this book in awhile. It finally feels a bit dated. I think some of it is now being over halfway into the Trump administration as opposed to the second Obama one. I think Trump has caused more women in America to speak up and be counted. We don‘t have the luxury not to anymore.
8.5k steps today. 👍🏻 Feeling kinda down. Two soft drinks today. 👎🏻 Honestly, I really wish I didn‘t have bipolar disorder
#bfc #bfcr2 #goteam book 10/12
I wanted to love it, but it kind of fell flat for me. I think I may have liked it better before #metoo. Roxanne Gay references Cosby, Michael Jackson, and Louis C. K. throughout the book and I found that jarring until I remembered this book predated the movement. I enjoyed her essays on race the most, but was bored by some of the pop culture analysis.
Like short stories, I often wish essay collections were a bit more cohesive instead of having that stop-start quality. But that is my problem with the format, not a criticism of this book. I enjoyed Hunger more - it was more raw - but no matter where Roxane Gay can write. I particularly enjoyed the last essay, Bad Feminist: Take Two.
And over on Twitter...🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️ Also notice the Blank(!) Panther.
A necessary read. Gay‘s voice really shines and she offers honest and sharp insights on topics of feminism, race, and various media our culture has consumed. I especially loved her opening behind the term of “Bad Feminist.” Definitely want to read or listen to more of her work! Obviously as a series of essays some were better than others, but really enjoyed listening to this!
I pulled this one off the shelf to reread it for book club this month. Many of the essays hold up, Gay‘s witty and insightful analysis of pop culture is as true now as it was when the book was first released . Surprisingly though, a lot of these essays seem hopelessly dated which is crazy for a book that is only 4 years old. Just goes to show how much has changed in such a short time. 3/5
#YourBestAmericanGirl #NoFemmeber Gay's title essay has a great unifying feminist mesage- rather than dwell on non-feminist moments, we should embrace a larger movement of "bad feminists" over few 'perfect' ones. The song's title isn't as un-progressive as it sounds (Mitski does refer to 'American boy' as well). The lyrics are anything but stereotypical, hinting at the complexities from two lovers being raised in different cultures within the U.S.
Finished up this audio yesterday on the last bit of the road trip portion of our Norway adventures. We had some laugh-out-loud moments (how do you live tweet an issue of a magazine?!) and had some good thought-provoking conversations along the way. I do wonder how Bahni Turpin felt about the criticism of The Help, given that she narrated that audio, as well. Also, Norway is idyllic AF.
At 13% on the audio and I feel like I‘m not connecting with this one. Why is she talking about SCRABBLE?? Am I missing something? Is this called bad feminist because feminism is not really what this book is about? Am I being too quick to judge?
1) I don‘t get out to the movies much so my choice is old. How to Train Your Dragon 1 or 2. I was surprised I enjoyed the 2nd as much as the first but in different ways
2) Don‘t date much. Pretty cool with being single forever 😂 At the moment anyway
3) 8? That was the number I picked as my stock in The Game of Life - board game and video game
4) I wanted to like it and just couldn‘t
I am not a huge non fiction fan but I enjoyed reading these essays as they are funny and clever, and not boring at all (I tend to get bored with books in which nothing happens - which, let's be realistic, is the definition of an essay). My only slight complaint is that from the title, I expected to read a book on feminism only. It actually deals with various topics, which is great, but I wanted to find out more about Roxane Gay's view on feminism.