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A most persuasive feminist recruitment drive! An argument for embracing the values of feminism while admitting contradictions and imperfections as a feminist. A provocative and thoughtful collection of essays that blend pop culture, memoir, and politics. Author, Roxane Gay, has been a driving force in agitating to raise the profile of writers of colour.

From the author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, the New York Times Bestseller and Best Book of the Year at NPR, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and many more

A collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation, Roxane Gay.

Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color 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 color (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 spot-on 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, coming from one of our most interesting and important cultural critics.

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bad feminism by roxane gay“Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist is a refreshing contribution to contemporary feminist debates that have devolved into scenes more appropriate for a Mean Girls remake than serious reflection on gender and inequality. In the midst of this internecine feminist toxicity, Gay playfully crosses the borders between pop culture consumer and critic, between serious academic and lighthearted sister-girl, between despair and optimism, between good and bad. This is the text for those of us who constructed our feminism from the pages of teen chick lit as much as from the musings of post-modern theorists. Gay gives us permission to take up the sword of feminism while laying down the shield of policed authenticity. As a result, we complete this book both more powerful and more vulnerable, just like Gay herself. And she gets how important it is to be a junior faculty member with a personal printer in her own office! How can you help but love this author?” Melissa Harris-Perry

Roxane Gay speaks with Maxine Beneba Clarke.
Their wide-ranging conversation covers the ideas behind Bad Feminist, inclusive approaches to feminism and activism.IFrame

bad feminist by roxane gay

Roxane Gay’s essay ‘Bad Feminist’ is perhaps a most persuasive feminist recruitment drive. She argues for embracing the values of feminism, while admitting her own contradictions and imperfections as a feminist. A provocative and thoughtful collection of essays that blend pop culture, memoir, and politics.

Haitian-American writer, Roxane Gay, has been a driving force in agitating to raise the profile of writers of colour.

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