Bad Feminist: Essays

Bad Feminist: Essays

Paperback | August 5, 2014

byRoxane Gay

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New York Times Bestseller

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.

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New York Times BestsellerA 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. ...

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One of our most indispensable writers . . . on everything that matters

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.

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Format: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

Customer Reviews of Bad Feminist: Essays


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

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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.”