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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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Robotswithpersonality
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More heartbroken than angry at the moment.
Awed by how few pages this writer needs to make a well reasoned argument. I appreciate Gay's perspective, her candor, her incisive way of getting to the heart of the issues, often encapsulating uncomfortable truths and navigating trauma.
That being said, big, BIG warnings for SA, and some internalized fatphobia.
Reminder that this was published in 2014, watch out for gender binary and Cosby references.

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Robotswithpersonality
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A welcome reminder to save the struggle to categorize for the library shelf.

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👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻

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Int👏🏻er👏🏼sec👏🏽tion👏🏾al👏🏿.
Got a feeling I'm going to be doing a LOOOOT of highlighting...

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#pridebookrec #nonfiction week

Not just one book but any book by Roxane Gay. Amazing writing with common sense criticism and powerful stories. Here are some of her nonfiction reads

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kera_11
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*please check TW first, which is ironic as she discusses trigger warnings as helpful but also not to assume what people need protecting from*

“I believe feminism is grounded in supporting the choices of women even if we wouldn‘t make certain choices for ourselves.”

“I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all”

“It‘s hard to be told to lighten up because if you lighten up any more, you‘re going to float the fuck away.”

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5feet.of.fury
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I like her. And this collection of essays gave me things to think about. 100% would debate her over wine and a game of scrabble on if I really WAS too hard on Sheryl Sandberg. The media criticisms were among my favorite topics.

a major complaint tho, in the comment w/
⚠️Trigger Warning: rape/sexual assault of a minor -

I‘m putting this TW because Gay “doesn‘t believe in them” “life doesn‘t have TW” “a TW will not keep you safe”

5feet.of.fury Essay starts about the Hunger Games +then goes into a story of how she was gang raped as a teen. It was abrupt &tied into why YA should show examples of sex/consent. She says that reminders of this rape cause her anxiety, to cry, to vomit; but then says she feels internet spaces rely on TW &TW are BS. You don‘t know why people would want to mentally prepare when reminders of trauma can cause the body to relive the trauma?🤨w/what you just told me? 9mo
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5feet.of.fury
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So, I haven‘t been enthralled by this book, chapters about scrabble, reality TV, Sweet Valley High. but this chapter is talking about how we judge women in books. People will review an unlikable female protag negatively as, “someone that I wouldn‘t want to be friends with” while no one says that of iconic male “antiheroes”… it‘s interesting.

Do you feel you have to “be friends” with the narrator? I love to hate some of these bitches. Honestly.

jlhammar Yeah, that is a really interesting chapter. I'm with you. I'm fine with an unlikable female protagonist. 9mo
5feet.of.fury @jlhammar I have been thinking about it, and I don‘t mind if they are morally ambiguous or what have you (I read plenty of domestic thrillers, that‘s almost all of the MCs) but there have been a couple that sucked the fun out of the book. the Sansa chapters in GoT were the worst. Sookie Stackhouse hating every other woman was tiring, but we weren‘t supposed to think they were Aholes or unlikable. They were just 😬 9mo
jlhammar I have to admit that I do find many characters, men and women, annoying though (sounds like Sansa and Sookie might fall under that category for me). That can take away from my enjoyment of a book for sure. But if the writing is to my personal taste and the female protagonist is an interesting, complex, flawed individual who I wouldn't necessarily want to be friends with, I'm cool with that. (edited) 9mo
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5feet.of.fury
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#Roll100 selections for March!

PuddleJumper Looks good! 9mo
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brittanybooks
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@AmandaBlaze stole this from you! Love it!
Bad Feminist…with a chain saw 😆

Alfoster The Violence…with a chainsaw. Now that makes TOO much sense!😂😱 9mo
Dodi Magpie with a chainsaw 😂 9mo
brittanybooks @Alfoster @Dodi 😂 those are great!! 9mo
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5feet.of.fury The Wife Between Us with a Chainsaw. 9mo
DaveGreen7777 Children of Time with a Chainsaw! 😂🤣 9mo
brittanybooks @DaveGreen7777 @5feet.of.fury oh those are dark but perfect!!!! 9mo
BarkingMadRead The Island of Sea Women with a Chainsaw 9mo
brittanybooks @BarkingMadRun I‘d read it!!! 🤣🤣 9mo
Blueberry Five Little Indians with a Chainsaw 9mo
brittanybooks @Blueberry just stacked that! The original… not with a chainsaw lol 9mo
Dragon The House in the Cerulean Sea with a Chainsaw 🌊 9mo
brittanybooks @dragon still sounds pretty 9mo
julesG How to Rule an Empire and Get Away with It with a Chainsaw 9mo
brittanybooks @julesG well that just seems practical!! 9mo
RebL Coronavirus Criminals & Pandemic Profiteers with Chainsaws (took the liberty of letting them each have a chainsaw rather than sharing) 9mo
brittanybooks @RebL ooh! With or without chainsaws I should read that. 9mo
rwmg Dog Will Have His Day With A Chainsaw 9mo
MeganAnn The Perks of Loving a Wallflower with a Chainsaw 😱 9mo
brittanybooks @rwmg sounds more like something a cat would do 🤣 9mo
brittanybooks @MeganAnn Yikes!!!!! 9mo
rwmg This dog is a pit bull, so perhaps a bit more in character, especially as SPOILER 9mo
CherMoreBooks The Midnight Library with a Chainsaw 9mo
thebacklistbook Princess in pink with a chainsaw 9mo
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Not sure why or how I put off reading this for so long. It‘s funny, self-deprecating at times, sad, and honest. Also Roxane Gay played competitive scrabble which makes my life complete. #nerd #feminist #badfeminist #book42of2022

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CherMoreBooks Oof, this! So true. 9mo
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JenniferEgnor Say it louder for the ones in the back! 9mo
brittanybooks 💯 💯 💯 9mo
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mandarchy I can totally relate to this. 9mo
brittanybooks @mandarchy it‘s just too real 😳🙄😬 9mo
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JenniferEgnor Definitely feels like that. It may as well be a crime to exist with a uterus. 9mo
brittanybooks @JenniferEgnor Absolutely. She even cites the Wanda Sykes joke that she wants a removable vagina so she can go out in the world safely… sad but true 9mo
JenniferEgnor @brittanybooks it‘s alarming that this is what we‘ve come to. Is this really 2022? 😞 9mo
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mandarchy We can't let divisive rhetoric get in the way of achieving equality for all women. I just learned about TERFs while reading an article about Margaret Atwood. Nonfeminists will feed on the idea of good feminists vs. not-feminist-enough. I need to read this book! 9mo
brittanybooks @mandarchy True! It‘s a hard lesson. The idea of TERFs drive me nuts… women are women trans, cis, or otherwise. I have to find a way to reconcile it… but easier said than done. 9mo
mandarchy @brittanybooks I was angry to read about it, but now I know that someone feels excluded I'm to ready bring on the welcome wagon. 9mo
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IuliaC I really like these quotes 😁 9mo
brittanybooks @IuliaC once I got started making quotes for this one- I could not stop! It was fun 💜📚 9mo
IuliaC @brittanybooks 👍😃 9mo
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mandarchy 😆 🤣 😂 funny not funny 😆 9mo
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ShelbyA7
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Book #64: 🎧 Aubiobook. Aside from the really long essay on Scrabble (lol), I found this an interesting, educational and mostly entertaining audiobook. It kept me company on a few long car rides and long days at the office. My favorite essay was on the Hunger Games.

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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. 12mo
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. 12mo
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) 12mo
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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. 12mo
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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.

#BookSpinBingo square 10
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
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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! 2y
Shievad @SW-T thank you! 2y
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Kimberlone
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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 👇🏼

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) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was very underwhelmed with Hunger.. I couldn‘t even finish it... 2y
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. 2y
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. 2y
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! 2y
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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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"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 🙌🏻 2y
Texreader 🤣🤣🤣 2y
keepingupwiththepenguins Hahahaha I loved this essay! Such a great collection! 2y
CarolynM Quite 2y
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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. 2y
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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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“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.”