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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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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. 3d
ONH @AutumnRLS OMG prepare yourself for an incredible, heart-breaking read. I could not put Hunger down!! 3d
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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 👍🏻 3mo
Scochrane26 You got to meet Roxane Gay?!!!!!!! 3mo
AnneCecilie @Scochrane26 Meet and meet, I said hi and she signed my book. I‘m not much of a talker at these things 3mo
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AmyG Wow. 3mo
Aimeesue She is such a great speaker! Saw her at the National Book Festival last year. ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
AnneCecilie @Aimeesue She is amazing, and if I get a chance to see/ hear her again, I will 3mo
Cweeeevs Wow, this is amazing! Bad Feminist is such a great collection of essays 👌 3mo
AnneCecilie @Cweeeevs I haven‘t read the collection yet, but hope I‘ll get to it soon 3mo
Cweeeevs @AnneCecilie I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
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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! 🙌🏼 4mo
britt_brooke Love it!! 🙌🏻 4mo
Reagan-reads The essay on Sweet Valley High was everything! 4mo
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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. 4mo
wanderinglynn {hugs} 💚 You‘re doing great! 🙌🏻 one day, one step at a time. 💜 4mo
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. 🤗 4mo
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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. 4mo
Megabooks @cobwebmoth thank you for the hugs! They mean so much. Like I said, this book is a bit dated, but still very valuable. 4mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thank you so much! I appreciate your support and positivity!! 💜💜 4mo
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. 💙🤗 4mo
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! 4mo
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 4mo
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!!! 💙💙 4mo
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 💖 4mo
Scochrane26 @megabooks thank you! I forgot about the podcast & am looking for new ones. I‘ve read hunger but not her novels. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m sorry you had a rough day. Some days feel much easier and some days it feels like everything is a struggle. ♥️ 4mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Truth! 💕🙌🏻💕 4mo
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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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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! 7mo
Bookcation74 I‘m so excited for this! 7mo
Christine Ooh, this sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing!! 7mo
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Megabooks @Weaponxgirl Yay!! 👍🏻👍🏻 7mo
Megabooks @Christine no problem! 7mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, how was it???? 7mo
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. 7mo
Cinfhen I used up my 5 lousy Hooplas by April 10th 🙄🙄I‘ll look for Thick in May 😘 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I wish you had 10 like me!! ☹️☹️ 7mo
Cinfhen Me too!!!!! 😩😩😩 7mo
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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). 9mo
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. 9mo
MicheleinPhilly As someone with a more uncommonly spelled name, I feel her pain. 9mo
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Yes, the one L. I can see how that can easily get mixed up. 9mo
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tysephine
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#24in48 hour 18 challenge (is it seriously already hour 18?) #weneeddiversebooks

I try to keep track how narrow my reading gets and course correct as much as possible.

PurpleyPumpkin Yes, how are we already this far into the ‘thon?!?!?🤷🏽‍♀️😳 10mo
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85eliana
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Excellent collection! I connected with some more than others, but all were sophisticated, beautifully written, heartfelt, and honest.

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EleniKara
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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!

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allisontshannon
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a collection of essays, so naturally there will be some hits and misses. however, there are many more essays i adore than ones that just kind of didn't work for me. a necessary read.

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Brie
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A sharp blend of criticism and pop culture, this essay collection tackles many topics, including self-image, race, abortion, race, and of course feminism, in a way that is thought provoking while still allowing for moments of levity and humor.

Megabooks Love this book! 11mo
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Verity
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Current non-fiction library book!

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KS1805
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This was dozens of short narratives. Roxane‘s book is refreshing as you see how towing the party line can be exhausting and not authentic. #audiobook

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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

TheNerdyProfessor I loved her essay First Year Professor and the one about Scrabble tournaments. 12mo
Caksf @TheNerdyProfessor ..agreed! the essays about scrabble were hilarious!! 12mo
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#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.

Cinfhen I really admire Roxane Gay 💕💕 12mo
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Why did it take me so long to read Roxane Gay? This woman is brilliant.

TrishB She absolutely is 💕 12mo
Ashley_Nicoletto 🙌🏼🙌🏼 12mo
jmofo 💗👏 12mo
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MsLeah8417
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If you do bring your brain to “The Help”, the movie is worse than you might imagine. Seeing The Help” through a critical lens is excruciating.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The essays are fabulous and thought provoking. If you haven‘t read Roxane Gay stop what you are doing and pick up one of her works immediately!

Hooked_on_books I agree! Roxane Gay is amazing. 13mo
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Mamashep
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This one made this white girl pretty uncomfortable- which is a good thing. Plus so many essays I could really connect with. #nonfiction #essays #audiobook

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MsLeah8417
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Each essay is thought provoking and timely.

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krissylovesbooks75
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Roxane Gay knows what she's talking about. And she knows how to remind us that we feminists are all bad feminists from time to time, even when we think we are doing what's right.

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Rudis
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#readingresolutions #feministfriday Feminism can show up in a variety of ways in books - through fiction, through advice & essays, and through books that help you show off your nerdy side.

Jess7 Nice stack! 14mo
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I‘m so excited for tonight‘s plans!!

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MissLiteraryAli
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Inside books I could get away from the impossible things I had to deal with. When I read I was never lonely or tormented or scared.

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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.

TrishB Norway looks it 😁 1y
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sravichandran
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Some women being empowered does not prove the patriarchy is dead. It proves that some of us are lucky

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sravichandran
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We read to find life in all it‘s possibilities. The relevant question isn‘t “is this a potential friend for me” but “is this character alive?”

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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?

RaimeyGallant I liked this book, but I LOVED her book Hunger. 14mo
Prairiegirl_reading @RaimeyGallant I did read Hunger and thought it was good. I bailed on this one though. I think it just wasn‘t the book I wanted it to be. I was ready for rage and this was so clearly written pre-45 that it seemed almost out of date. To be fair I did bail early so I may totally wrong. I‘m going to try eloquent rage instead. Seems more of what I‘m looking for at the moment. 14mo
Prairiegirl_reading @RaimeyGallant I loved shrill!!! 14mo
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Jensol77
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After this pick, our book club is taking a break

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TheDaysGoBy
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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

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Guildedearlobe Sometimes I feel bad that I‘m single and then I go on dates and remember why I am. 1y
TheDaysGoBy @Guildedearlobe Right? My sister says I‘m too picky and I need to lower my standards, but I don‘t think I‘m asking too much from people. I haven‘t had any horrendous dates, but I‘m good at reading people and knowing if they‘re being fake with me (edited) 1y
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Scarlett_ohara
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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.