Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane GayBad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist: Essays

byRoxane Gay

Paperback | August 5, 2014

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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.

Roxane Gay is the author of the novelAn Untamed Stateand the story collectionAyiti. Her work has also appeared inGlamour,Best American Short Stories, and theNew York Times Book Review.
Title:Bad Feminist: EssaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.76 inPublished:August 5, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062282719

ISBN - 13:9780062282712


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Really interested take on feminism, not everyone has to be a "prefect feminist" and the mistakes of one shouldn't be blamed on an entire movement. I definitely plan to read more of her work!
Date published: 2018-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Roxane Gay is a great writer and will keep you captivated in these stories that are very personal yet relatable. You can tell that she is incredibly perceptive, insightful, and funny! This was my introduction to her writing, and has led me to her other works. Glad to have purchased this.
Date published: 2018-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An engaging set of essays Pretty easy read, lots to agree with and lots to disagree with. I'd recommend this to anyone interested in social Western issues, whether you are a feminist or not. It's pretty witty from time to time and definitely not a psychotic and radical piece of literature by many means.
Date published: 2018-07-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from didnt finish maybe it was the style of writing or the way the author spoke about shows and books i have never heard of but i didn't end up finishing this one. it started out strong but i couldn't pick it back up after the first half.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Liked this I like Roxane Gay and her messages, but i enjoyed Hunger more.
Date published: 2018-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Read! Bad Feminist is a truly refreshing book with the way Gay breaks down the idea of a strict, uniform "essential feminism" and instead pushes for a more personalized feminism and the need for intersectionality in issues like healthcare, academia and media representation. In the end, Bad Feminist reads like Gay is writing for ALL women.
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not sure about the book It started great and then it went too much into certain novels and movies that I do not know about. Have not finished the book
Date published: 2018-01-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Can't wait to read more I love Gay's writing even though I was not aware of many of the works mentioned in her essays. It was a great jumping off point for further reading. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thanks An interesting read. Talks a fair bit about intersectional feminism and I feel that is important.
Date published: 2018-01-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting book and interesting perspective Reader will either love it or hate it. It depends on your perspective.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad, not great It's just a good read. There's a lot of repetition. I didn't mind reading it but it's not one of those books that I'd read more than once.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Did Not Like I really didn't enjoy this. I didn't think the writing was funny or witty and Gay just came off as whiny when talking about her problems with other people's behaviours, ideas, and perceptions, going so far as to use statistics from the United States government to prove to readers why the story in a work of fiction is improbable. It was ridiculously nit-picky and a stretch. Some of the essays didn't fit into their respective categories and she was repetitive at times. She also had a tendency to jump from subject to subject without any explanation, making me think I was missing pages from my book. I don't know if I'll read another one of her books #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and thought-provoking Based on the thoughts of Roxanne Gay, shes is a cool, smart women I'd be friends with. She speaks in a way that is really informative and educational, but you also get to laugh along and think 'Me too!"
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great read a very interesting read. all the elements are spot on
Date published: 2017-10-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really Enjoyed This I had to buy this book for a women's studies course I was taking and I loved doing the readings. We didn't read the whole book for the course so I just went through and read the rest. Roxane Gay is a great story teller, I never got bored reading her essays - even if it was about a topic I had no knowledge in. Her writing was humours, witty, and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2017-10-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So inspirational This book really helped me understand other points of view to feminism and why Intersectional feminism is so important. It was so wonderful and insightful.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good read Incredible essays. Took me a minute to get into the book, but once I did, it was great. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Being Bad is the New Good This is the first I've ever read of Roxane Gay and I have to say, I love her writing style. She's familiar and brilliant at the same time. I've certainly run across feminists who had strange criteria for what makes a good feminist, and at times, I too, have failed. I laugh at dirty jokes. I have loved my fair share of bad boys. I am guilty of loving the wrong movies and literature. And thanks to this book, I know that I can still call myself a feminist and be a badass at it. Thank you Roxane.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Witty Writing I got to hear Roxane speak recently. As she read her essay on being a first-year professor, I knew I had to get more of her work in my life. I bought this book and have been reading it since then. I've found that the topics get darker as we go--we got to know her in the first few and then get to see her commentary on other issues through the essays. She serves up her wit with a side of sarcasm, which I appreciate. Had I not heard her presenting, I may not have picked up on some of this in her writing, so keep that in mind if you aren't overly familiar with her.
Date published: 2017-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Difficult but Necessary The earlier parts of the book are quite slow with the meaning a bit jumbled. However, by the end I was completely engaged and it was eye opening to be reading Gay's perspective. I do not always agree with her but she definitely made me think. Would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes Love this book - clever writing
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not my favourite This book was not my favourite. I tried and tried but just couldnt get into it. The essays were not very well thought out nor thought provoking... very simple read without much context. Can't recommend this.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED this! Really enjoyed this book! Was funny, in your face, emotional, honest and overall a fun read. :) #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Essays I've been reading my way through the feminist essay genre, and Bad Feminist is at the very top of my list. Gay's work is emotional, rational, serious and light. She combines excellent critical theory with relevant and topical pop culture references and analysis (SVH Forever!). Her personal context and history inform her perspective and style, bringing deeper meaning to controversial topics. I borrowed this from the library, but will be purchasing a copy for myself. I'm no expert, but Gay's work feels important to me. I highly recommend this book!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Funny, smart, easy read I love the set up of this book, its a collection of essays , which makes it easy to read one essay here and there in small bursts of spare time. Roxane Gay is funny and smart, moving and powerful. Im excited to read anything and everything else she has written #plumreviews
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good book Thought-provoking essays, but I found myself glossing over the ones where I had no idea what she was talking about because they're all about pop culture. I've read the Sweet Valley books and pretty much everyone knows the premise of Fifty Shades of Grey even if they haven't read the books, but there were a few books/shows that I'm not familiar with and had a hard time getting into the essays on those.
Date published: 2017-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Refreshing and thought provoking Such a wonderful read. A great perspective on how to frame contemporary feminism when connotations can feel rigid and uncomfortable. In many ways, Gay and her work are a gift to modern women struggling to find their feminist voice.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Honest and Brilliant I quickly fell in love with Gay's candid voice and excellent writing. Her analysis of race in contemporary films was especially persuasive. Thank you, Roxane Gay.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring I found most of the essays extremely boring, trivial and not very well thought out. There wasn't anything thought provoking about it
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from 50/50 This book was recommended to me and I really wanted to like it. While I really enjoyed some chapters, others dragged and I felt like I was reading a movie review website. I was 50/50, liked half of the book and was bored by the other half
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye-opening yet relatable A well-written feminist critique of culture and popular media and how it shapes the way we think of/treat ourselves and other women. Also very funny. I recommend this to all of my friends and family members who either identify as feminist or are open to learning more about it.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Roxane Gay is a Goddess I love everything that Roxane Gay writes, and this collection of essays is no exception. I can't wait to read this book again.
Date published: 2016-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring This book can be summed as follows: I'm a bad feminist because I like pop culture! Get over yourself Ms. Gay. There is nothing insightful or interesting here.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intersectional feminism at its best A funny, insightful take on feminism. The stress on intersectionality in Gay's essays is the key to this work and its relevance. The essays that focus on pop culture are definitely a highlight. Would definitely recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Education on Intersectional Feminism Bad Feminist is an incredible collection of essays with micro and macro perspectives on intersectional feminism. Beautifully personal, heart-breaking and true. A reminder that feminism is a continuous learning process in which having an open heart and mind is crucial to understanding all female experiences. My favourite essays include "Not Here to Make Friends," "When Twitter Does What Journalism Cannot," and "The Alienable Rights of Women."
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read! Gay has such a great voice and her essays are relevant and thought-provoking. Would definitely recommend this book!
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Give it a chance I gave Bad Feminist 4 stars because I found it entertaining and I strongly identified with a few of the topics discussed. In particular, I identified with how one can still enjoy books, movies, music while being able to be aware and critical of the way issues and topics are handled in popular culture. Is it perfect? is this book an ideal academic feminist text? The answer to both questions is no but as the author so often states, it's not about being perfect. This is more about sharing stories, discussing personal views while also examining the roles race and gender play in the author's life. It reads like blog posts, so if you enjoy reading blogs you might like this book
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from essays Anyone familiar with her writing online will enjoy this collection of essays
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A provocative look at prevailing beliefs As I research and study issues around gender equality I found this book gave me insight or challenges to my long held perceptions about race culture and gender. I felt humbled at times by the author's experiences and views. I know that I am privileged in so many ways and will continue to look for ways to include, without prejudice and jealousy, others into this privileged position.
Date published: 2015-10-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Left wanting more I know these are previously published essays, but it's hard not to get the feeling that Roxane Gay has done a disservice to herself. She's super intelligent and obviously well versed in gender studies, AND has that rare ability to bring that particularly dense field to the general reader. Especially when she brilliantly addresses pop culture phenomena. But. But. I always wanted more. The ideas in the essays deserve so much more unpacking (even for a lay audience). Her passion for the ideas therein would have been that much more powerful. Most essays ended just as I was getting into them. Perhaps the next book will be a collection of original works?
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome Frank essays touching on a variety of subjects - she is a voice that needs to be heard. I think I could read her grocery list and be in awe of her talent.
Date published: 2015-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from phenomenal Sharp writer, the stark observatio re: reproductive rights and political agenda really hit home for me.
Date published: 2015-01-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It's okay to be a bad feminist I really enjoyed Roxane's take on modern feminism and the way she frames pop culture, books, movies, and even Scrabble through its lens. Funny and clever, her essays suggest that it's okay not to not be a perfect feminist at all times, as long as you work on it. This book helped me redefine what it means to be a feminist.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to dip in and out of and come away with a bit of insight every time Roxane Gay loves Jay-Z, but knows he's got problems with how he talks about women. What's a modern feminist to do? These are short, earnest essays reflecting on gender, race, class, and everything else. She's compassionate and funny and never hectoring, so when she calls BS on something, even if it feels like a shot coming in your direction, it's more like a friend giving your shoulder a shake than any kind of ideological attack. She writes with a clean-scrubbed prose style that gives you the sense that she's working extra-hard to be understood; I found myself compelled to read a bit slower and consider things a bit deeper.
Date published: 2014-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Impressive research and easy to read . . . Difficult to put down, well written, and recommended for anyone who may sometimes feel just a little bit guilty for not being more radical.
Date published: 2014-09-22

Editorial Reviews

“If you’re in the mood to read wonderful, thought-provoking essays that feel like they’re written by your best friend, check out Bad Feminist. . . . Gay puts you at ease as she shakes the foundations of what you believe.”