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Bad Feminist
Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
'Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour 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 colour (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 sincere 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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TheBookHippie
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Chrissyreadit It feels like we are powerless at the moment but it could be events pushing action that must happen. I worry about what that will look like. 2w
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit agree. It‘s not new. It is. While people have been killed for speaking up or helping Black and Brown people since the country began. The “justice” system is working how it was set up to work. Protecting white men. It needs no reform but to be rebuilt. That‘s just my opinion. So angry and yes powerless. 2w
GingerAntics All of this. Yes. It‘s so heartbreaking for America, the family, the justice system. Don‘t even get me started on that judge. Bigoted twat. (< that‘s the nicest thing I could say about him) 2w
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AmyG What is so heartbreaking is realizing that we have not moved forward at all as a people. History repeats itself. 1w
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vlwelser
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I love Roxane Gay. This book is a little out of date but only in the sense that the author's situation has changed. One weird thing about the #audiobook is that it's read by Bahni Turpin instead of the author. Which is maybe only weird when she's talking about having an accent. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3w
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Shievad
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Some essays were loosely related to feminism. Overall a great collection of essays.

SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy! 8mo
Shievad @SW-T thank you! 8mo
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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

I‘ll be honest, I was a bit underwhelmed by this collection of essays. Maybe it was a matter of being overhyped for so long, but I was looking forward to reading this, and was kind of disappointed in the end. The premise is spot on - Gay examines her complicated relationship with feminism through the lens of being a “bad feminist,” something I can definitely relate to. When Gay focuses on her personal experiences the book works really well 👇🏼

Kimberlone (Loved the Scrabble piece), but I couldn‘t connect with most of her pop culture related essays, since they were centered on media I don‘t engage with (Sweet Valley High, reality tv, Tyler Perry, twitter world, obscure books I‘ve literally never heard of). (edited) 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was very underwhelmed with Hunger.. I couldn‘t even finish it... 8mo
stretchkev Hate to admit it, but I felt the same. The personal essays and self reflective ones were great, but the pop culture stuff was flat if you don‘t know the thing. 8mo
Ruthiella I agree. I was underwhelmed by Hunger (would have been stronger as one tight essay and not stretched to book length) and I DNF-ed this one. 8mo
Kimberlone @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @stretchkev @Ruthiella I definitely thought that would be an #unpopularopinion, so it‘s good to hear that I‘m not the only one with these feelings! 8mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Though there were some essays I skimmed through, overall, I enjoyed Gay's input for feminism and what feminism means to her. I particularly liked her last few essays about being a "bad" feminist and what that means for her. Thought provoking and engaging, I am glad I heard Gay's essays over the last few days.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I really wish she‘d release another essay collection (like, today! right now!), so that I could get her thoughts fresh out the kitchen. As it stands, Bad Feminist is one of the very few back-list titles I‘ve encountered that I wish I‘d read as soon as it was released. It‘s still worth a read, but it would‘ve been better at the time. My full review here: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/bad-feminist-roxane-gay/

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TK-421
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"Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour was black to be cool, but it is pink - all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably #pink." #QuotsyFeb21

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GlitterGirl
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Started on this and really enjoying!!! 😍😎😍😎😍

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TK-421
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“Don‘t #flirt, have sex, or engage in emotional affairs with your friends‘ significant others. This shouldn‘t need to be said, but it needs to be said. That significant other is an asshole, and you don‘t want to be involved with an asshole who‘s used goods. If you want to be with an asshole, get a fresh asshole of your very own. They are abundant.” #QuotsyFeb21

LeahBergen 🙌🏻 10mo
Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Hahahaha I loved this essay! Such a great collection! 10mo
CarolynM Quite 10mo
Chrissyreadit 🤣 10mo
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TK-421
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“Nor does disagreement mean we are blind to the ways in which #progress has been made.” #QuotsyJan21

rockpools Hmm. It‘s been a disagreeable angering kind of a week. This gives me something to think about. 11mo
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Pogue
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Any Roxane Gay fans out there? Powells.com is hosting this event.

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JenniferP
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A solid collection of essays exploring sexism, racism, women‘s friendships, and gender politics. #feminism #racism

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Ekkross
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“...unlikable characters, the ones who are the most human, are also the ones who are the most alive.”

The essay in this collection, titled, Not Here to Make Friends, is making my brain grow. I love it. If you only read one essay, make it this one.

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Ekkross
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In many ways, likability is a very elaborate lie, a performance, a code of conduct dictating the proper way to be. Characters who don‘t follow this code become unlikable.

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Ekkross
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“But two wrongs do not make a right. Feminism‘s failings do not mean we should eschew feminism entirely. People do terrible things all the time, but we don‘t regularly disown our humanity. We disavow the terrible things. We should disavow the failures of feminism without disavowing its many successes and how far we have come.”

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CoffeeK8
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📚Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay
💻 Brene Brown
📽 Back To The Future
🎼 The Beatles
🎧 Bohemian Rhapsody
#manicmonday #letterB

JaclynW All excellent choices! 👏 2y
JoScho Thanks for playing 😊💜 2y
CoffeeK8 @JoScho thanks for starting it back up again 💕 2y
JoScho ☺️ 2y
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TheDaysGoBy
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1. Keep and donate. Even though my dream has always been to have a place with a library, I generally only keep books I loved. Then I donate the rest - helps cut down on clutter
2. Really depends on how into the book I am/what I have going on in life.
3. I try herd not to bail on books but the tagged was my last one

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Yes, clutter creeps up, so proactive measures help💗🌺💗 2y
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cleoh
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I‘m awake waaay before my alarm again, but I can‘t really be mad because I fell asleep reading this last night 😂

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BeaG
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Mehso-so

This was just ok. At some point it just sounded like rumbling. I had the audiobook.

Prairiegirl_reading I agree. I bailed. 2y
Coleen Also agree. 2y
BeaG @Prairiegirl_reading I almost bailed. @Coleen I'm glad that I'm not alone. 2y
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SamAnne I love Roxanne Gray. But not all of her writing. :-\ 2y
BeaG @SamAnne I loved Atyti (I think that's how you spell it). This one, not so much. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @SamAnne I agree. I think maybe I should go back and read a couple essays and give it more of a chance but not all at once. 2y
SamAnne @BeaG @Prairiegirl_reading. I felt the same way about Hunger. Her story is powerful but the writing didn‘t grab me. I will try Atyti. I so admire her. Heard her speak and she was amazing. I want to give her writing another shot. 2y
BeaG @SamAnne I hope that I can hear her speak some day. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading @SamAnne I have to say I agree about hunger too. Powerful story but didn‘t grab me the way I expected. Maybe I just have expectations that just too high. 2y
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Jeannineth
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This is my third Roxanne Gay book. I have already given Hunger and Not that Bad ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.

Sleepswithbooks I adore your mug 💝 2y
Jeannineth @Stacypatrice thanks I got it at William Sonoma. 2y
Scochrane26 Love this book 2y
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Elle3
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I really enjoyed these collection of essays and I would be keen to see a volume two now that we are five years on an at the end of the decade. A lot has transpired in this time and I would so enjoy Gay‘s insight.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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😭😭😭I'm beyond touched! Thank you so so much for this generous, thoughtful #litsylove #winterswap package, @kspenmoll! Love everything! Look at the books!!😍 Thank you for picking from my TBR! I can't wait to read Bad Feminist for my #newyearwhodis challenge! And the coffee, chocs, bookmarks, button, soap, lotion; my package smelled so darn good when I opened it! ❤️❤️

Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie for hosting! This was fun!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!! 🎊📚🎉 2y
batsy Lovely gifts 😍 2y
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kspenmoll You are so very welcome! I had such fun! 2y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @kspenmoll hugs 🤗🤗 2y
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Kayla8
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“I am a bad feminist. But I‘d rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all.”

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Kayla8
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Say it louder for the people in the back 🙌🏻

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Kayla8
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“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.”

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ONH
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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 🥺

AutumnRLS This was my first book by her and I loved it. Still trying to get up the courage to read Hunger. 2y
ONH @AutumnRLS OMG prepare yourself for an incredible, heart-breaking read. I could not put Hunger down!! 2y
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Kayla8
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I‘m not here to make friends.

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silentrequiem
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Finally finished this one tonight while #audiopuzzling. Great selection of essays!

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AnneCecilie
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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.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2y
Scochrane26 You got to meet Roxane Gay?!!!!!!! 2y
AnneCecilie @Scochrane26 Meet and meet, I said hi and she signed my book. I‘m not much of a talker at these things 2y
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AmyG Wow. 2y
Aimeesue She is such a great speaker! Saw her at the National Book Festival last year. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
AnneCecilie @Aimeesue She is amazing, and if I get a chance to see/ hear her again, I will 2y
Cweeeevs Wow, this is amazing! Bad Feminist is such a great collection of essays 👌 2y
AnneCecilie @Cweeeevs I haven‘t read the collection yet, but hope I‘ll get to it soon 2y
Cweeeevs @AnneCecilie I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Heather_Allen
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On Instagram I was tagged in the #7days7books challenge to post books I love, covers only. Here‘s day 2! (Day 1 I used my previous post on here)

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transemr
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I have never considered compassion a finite resource. I would not want to live in a world where such was the case. Tragedy. Call. Great. Small. Compassion. Response. Compassion. Response.

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silentrequiem
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Audiobooking at the gym.

hermyknee Get it! 🙌🏼 2y
britt_brooke Love it!! 🙌🏻 2y
Reagan The essay on Sweet Valley High was everything! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Word. 🙋‍♀️

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Megabooks
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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

cobwebmoth I'm sorry you're feeling down. *hugs* Great steps, though! I've been wanting to read this one since I connected with Hunger so much. 2y
wanderinglynn {hugs} 💚 You‘re doing great! 🙌🏻 one day, one step at a time. 💜 2y
LauraJ I honestly wish you didn‘t have bipolar disorder too! It‘s a really tough deal. Be proud that you‘re taking care of yourself. It‘s not always an easy choice to make. 🤗 2y
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Scochrane26 I read this a couple of yrs ago & kept thinking about what her opinions would be with current events. I often think that when reading essay collections that are older. Does she have a blog? Maybe she will write another bad feminist book. 2y
Megabooks @cobwebmoth thank you for the hugs! They mean so much. Like I said, this book is a bit dated, but still very valuable. 2y
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thank you so much! I appreciate your support and positivity!! 💜💜 2y
Megabooks @LauraJ it‘s just so hard being up and down sometimes. Really frustrating. Thank you. I‘ve made my recovery a priority, but it‘s frustrating because it‘s not like my foot where I can go to pt to improve it. I do therapy, I see my psychiatrist, I take my meds, but it‘s on my brain‘s time to heal, not mine. Thank you for supporting me. 💙🤗 2y
Megabooks @Scochrane26 She wrote Hunger, but it‘s very different, more personal. She also launched Gay: The Magazine on Medium and Hear to Slay the podcast on Luminary, which may be more what you‘re looking for! 2y
Emilymdxn I‘m so sorry you feel low, sending love as always. Working on mental health and physical health are both slow burns without clear ‘you‘re doing this well‘ signposts and it‘s easy to feel like we‘re slipping under or slipping behind if we can‘t see clear progress, but we‘re both still here, still motivated, and when we look back on this one day who‘s gonna remember two soft drinks? We‘ll remember the effort to improve our lives 2y
Megabooks @Emilymdxn Truth! 🙌🏻 We Have this thing in our family, and many Southern families, that Coke cures all, so sometimes, when I feel like sh$&, I just pick one up. 🤣🤷🏻‍♀️🥤 Working on my mental health over the last two years has rivaled coming back from a serious car accident when I was 17. I lost a job I love, I‘ve had to move in with my parents, but I haven‘t lost hope yet. The support I get from Littens has meant the world. Thank you!!! 💙💙 2y
Emilymdxn Amen @megabooks getting healthy is great and important but the reason we want to be healthy is to enjoy our lives more so cutting out joy when we really need it and family tradition isn‘t essential! I wanna be healthy but you‘ll never catch me not getting my regular Chinese order with my parents. I‘m with you on the mental health journey, it‘s been years and I feel I‘m always gonna be clawing out a life for myself. We can do it 💖 2y
Scochrane26 @megabooks thank you! I forgot about the podcast & am looking for new ones. I‘ve read hunger but not her novels. 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘m sorry you had a rough day. Some days feel much easier and some days it feels like everything is a struggle. ♥️ 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Truth! 💕🙌🏻💕 2y
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Clockworkbee
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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.

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hohleword
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I, too, am a bad feminist.

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eraderneely
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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.

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eraderneely
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Starting some new airport reading

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Megabooks
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Here‘s a #podcast I might actually listen to! Comes out today. Anyone else excited? #badassbroads #heartoslay

Weaponxgirl I am now! 3y
Bookcation74 I‘m so excited for this! 3y
Christine Ooh, this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!! 3y
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Megabooks @Weaponxgirl Yay!! 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Megabooks @Christine no problem! 3y
Cinfhen Ohhhh, how was it???? 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I thought they had said it would be out yesterday on Twitter, but it was just a preview. It sounds like it‘s going to be good. I liked both their essay collections. Cottom‘d is on #hoopla. 3y
Cinfhen I used up my 5 lousy Hooplas by April 10th 🙄🙄I‘ll look for Thick in May 😘 3y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I wish you had 10 like me!! ☹️☹️ 3y
Cinfhen Me too!!!!! 😩😩😩 3y
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Just finished this for my #feminist #bookclub! I loved it! Roxane Gay is a very eloquent writer. She made such a variety of great points about feminism, race, and discrimination throughout the book. I love how honest she is about herself and society. I'm excited to read more by her!

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LitDrivenGirl
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Haul Pic #1
This library sale always delivers on Europa books. It is hard to resist them all 😅. I found so many other titles that have been on my tbr forever. I think I'm going to have a lottery to help me figure out where to start first with reading. 😏🙃 #bookhaul

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veraizm
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#currentread#currentlyreading#badfeminist#roxanegay

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Alliterati
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At my English honors society's international convention by myself... bonus of it being a solo trip is I get some quality reading time. =]

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ErinC
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I loved this collection essays. Gay is one of my favorite authors I‘ve recently decided. Thoughtful and interesting even if I didn‘t always agree with her. This brings in ideas beyond feminism as well. Turpin is an excellent narrator.

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Amandakay
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Love Roxane Gay ❤️

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Amandakay
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Snowy Monday morning read ❄️

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Megabooks
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And over on Twitter...🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ Also notice the Blank(!) Panther.

jmofo She‘s tops. Spelling is important (although I am not great at it). 3y
Megabooks @jmofo She totally is! Yes, I can understand that 2 Ns is the more common spelling, but Blank Panther? What? That doesn‘t even make sense. The original tweet has been deleted now. 3y
MicheleinPhilly As someone with a more uncommonly spelled name, I feel her pain. 3y
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Yes, the one L. I can see how that can easily get mixed up. 3y
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