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 This book is a little out of date but only in the sense that the author's situation has changed.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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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 👇🏼
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.
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/
“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
“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.”
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
This was just ok. At some point it just sounded like rumbling. I had the audiobook.
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Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie for hosting! This was fun!
“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.
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