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Bad Feminist: Essays [Kindle Edition]

Roxane Gay
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A strikingly fresh cultural critic. (Ron Charles Washington Post)

Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there. (Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?)

Gay is my favorrite current writer. (Jessica Valenti Guardian)

Let this be the year of Roxane Gay. (Time Magazine)

Smart readers cannot afford to miss these essays, which range from socially significant art (Girls, Django in Chains) and feminist issues (abortion) to politics (Chris Brown) and why Gay likes pink. (Library Journal)

As Bad Feminist proves, Gay is a necessary and brave voice when it comes to figuring out all the crazy mixed messages in our mixed-up world. ('20 New Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter' Flavorwire)

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'I'm human, full of contradictions, and a feminist.' Bad Feminist is collection of frank, funny, whip-smart and spot-on essays from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay (@rgay).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 419 KB
  • Print Length: 339 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062282719
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (5 Aug 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00G2AGV14
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hated it at first, by the end was inspired 18 Oct 2014
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feminist are women who don't want to be treated like shut. didn't relate to any of the books or many of the tv references and felt at first that the author was showing off that she was kooky and different because she was a feminist but also likes trashy books and music, that's me and most of my friends. I feel inspired to talk up more if I think something is unjust. I feel that I don't necessarily need to have sophisticated language to air my views
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent, witty, and informative 27 Sep 2014
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Absolutely adored this book. It is intelligent, witty, and informative. I so recommend this to anyone with even the slightest interest in feminism and its modern-day manifestations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Oct 2014
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Excellent read for anyone interested in popular culture etc
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Sep 2014
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loving this book right now
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5.0 out of 5 stars "I like you even though you are very mean." 8 Aug 2014
By Amelia Gremelspacher - Published on Amazon.com
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Amazon made me read this book. It kept showing up in suggestions, and it is an editor's pick. Then Huffington Post chose it as the book they are talking about this week. I was in a grumpy mood about it since the blurb didn't invite my interest. Collections of essays so often are an excuse to show the author as witty and relevant. So the first essay of this book is self deprecating and explained the title. Gay is a bad feminist; she often does not aspire to the politically correct stance and can, at time, act as a girly girl. (gasp) Still I was not in love. But the book was creeping on me.

I love this book. Interestingly the final sell was the chapter on likability in literature and in life. In taking issue with literary criticism that pans a book for unlikable characters, Gay put into words an idea that had been brewing in my own mind. She is a fan of the flawed character. She cares about the person who risks not meeting the standards of a the good girl, and she champions the authors who craft these women. The writing is unpretentious but literary and smart. In adding an essay about her own experiences of being a professional who risks her popularity to be herself, Gay rounded a well spoken discussion with humanity. Gay is dignified in her defiance, and like all my favorite writers, she struggles to be objective on her own short comings. I mean, the woman loves Scrabble.

I am also a fan of Gay's approach to how society views women in general. She uses literature with a well balanced hand. I especially appreciate her mix of classic and contemporary fiction in her critiques. Some of the books are not high literature, and I appreciate this. While many of us would like to be seen as citizens of the literary world, I would guess that most people are like Gay is and like I am. I read junk sometimes. I share her guilty pleasure: reality TV. But I really laud the objective stance she takes with these pleasures and how she explores the picture of women that emerges.

Gay widens her dissuasion with an exposition of how we portray our villains and victims. What does it mean that the Boston Marathon bomber was viewed with such empathy in Rolling Stone while the same magazine spent not a word on the black victim of the George Zimmerman shooting? It's a good question.

So in summary, thank you to the critics that nagged me into reading this book. I hope you add my voice to your consideration and read it yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Candid, funny, raw. 5 Aug 2014
By Dorothy L. Dootson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most fun reviews I have ever done. I generally only read fiction for review, but when I read the description of the book on Edelweiss I had to grab it right up! Some of the stories are hilarious. Some are kind of heart breaking. I love that no topic is off topic. Anything goes, and Gay is very candid in her story telling.

I know that Roxane Gay has a fan for life in me, and one day I would love to just sit and have a conversation with her.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I tried to find the diamond in the rough but I kept turning pages and coming up empty. 16 Sep 2014
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I agree with all of those reviewers who stated they badly wanted to like the book and that at times it was enjoyable and engaging. However for the most part it was angry with a lot of complaining about anyone and everyone without offering any positive alternatives. I think Ms Gay believes she knows the right way to achieve equality but she didn't offer many viable alternatives.
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3.0 out of 5 stars it gets boring. At least now I have a bunch of ... 28 Aug 2014
By madiboo - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting more general essays on feminism, but instead it's really a critique on current literature (the majority) and popular media as it depicts women and gender. Since i haven't read many of the books she critiques, it gets boring. At least now I have a bunch of book suggestions to read!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking 22 Aug 2014
By Joel Kramer - Published on Amazon.com
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A friend sent me this, and at first I wasn't really sure I would enjoy it. As a gay white male, a sort-of feminist essay collection by a sometimes-not-completely-hetero woman of color didn't really seem like something that I would really connect with, but I trust my friend's judgment and gave it a try, and I'm glad I did. Sometimes angry and blunt, sometimes funny, and at all times thoughtful and well-researched, I found that Gay and I had a lot more in common than I expected and felt, at times, that we were kindred spirits. We've both struggled with our weight. We've both worked at times in environments where we hear people saying derogatory things about minority groups that we happen to be part of. We've both fallen in love with seemingly perfect men who didn't love us back and were terrible for our self esteem. We also both have odd hobbies, both watch the same trashy television shows even though we know we should feel bad about it, and we both speak out about the things that bother us about our society. While I didn't agree with everything she said throughout the book, I did enjoy reading her thoughts and letting them spur my own introspection, and overall found the book engaging.
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