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Staff Pick

In a year full of debates on who is and isn't doing feminism "correctly," Roxane Gay's book of essays was a refreshing look at the expectations we hold for both women in the spotlight and ourselves as self-declared feminists. Volleying between humor, literary critique, and honest reflection on her life and career as an educator, Gay makes a case for the bad feminist in each of us fighting the good fight in a problematic world.
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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.

Review:

"This trenchant collection assembles previously published essays and new work by cultural critic and novelist Gay (An Untamed State). Even though she loves pink, feels nostalgic about the Sweet Valley High series, and lets degrading rap lyrics blast from her car stereo, Gay is passionately committed to feminist issues, such as equal opportunity and pay and reproductive freedom. Writing about race, politics, gender, feminism, privilege, and popular media, she highlights how deeply misogyny is embedded in our culture, the careless language used to discuss sexual violence (seen in news reports of sexual assault), Hollywood's tokenistic treatment of race, the trivialization of literature written by women, and the many ways American society fails women and African-Americans. Gay bemoans that fact that role models like Bill Cosby and Don Lemon urge African-Americans to act like ideal citizens while glossing over institutional problems in the education, social welfare, and justice system that exacerbate racism and poverty. Although Gay is aware of her privilege as a middle-class Haitian-American, she doesn't refrain from advising inner-city students to have higher expectations. Whatever her topic, Gay's provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty. Agent: Maria Massie, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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“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

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“Alternately friendly and provocative, wry and serious, her takes on everything from Girls to Fifty Shades of Grey help to recontextualize what feminism is--and what it can be.” Time Out New York

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“A strikingly fresh cultural critic.” Ron Charles, Washington Post

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“One of our sharpest new culture critics plants her flag in topics ranging from trigger warnings to Orange is the New Black in this timely collection of essays.” O, the Oprah Magazine, 10 Titles to Pick Up Now

Review:

“Roxane Gay is the gift that keeps on giving....An entertaining and thought-provoking essay collection.” Time

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“As a feminist who has been around a while I have a message for these girls: its okay — you can skip the rigors of Betty Friedan and Andrea Dworkin and go straight to Roxane Gay, where feminism is not just friendly, but more relevant than ever.” Erika Schickel, Los Angeles Review of Books

Review:

“The book is powerful, and its winsomeness is due entirely to Gay's fearless, inclusive and accessible prose.” Shelf Awareness, Best Books of the Year

Review:

“What makes Bad Feminist such a good read isn't only Gay's ability to deftly weave razor-sharp pop cultural analysis and criticism with a voice that is both intimate and relatable. It's that she's incapable of blindly accepting any kind of orthodoxy.” San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

“Fascinating....An important and pioneering contemporary writer....Readers will immediately understand the appeal of Gays intimate and down-to-earth voice....An important contribution to the complicated terrain of gender politics.” Boston Globe

Review:

“I know there are still four and a half months left, but I'm calling it now: 2014 is the year of Roxane Gay. I just devoured her book, Bad Feminist....Amazing.” Rookie

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“A thoughtful and often hilarious new collection of essays.” Chicago Tribune

Review:

“”[Gay's] energetic and thought-provoking first essay collection will become as widely read as other generation-defining works, like Nora Ephron's Crazy Salad and Joan Morgan's When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost.” Essence

Review:

“Roxane Gay delivers sermons that read like easy conversations. Bad Feminist is an important collection of prose—prose that matters to those still trying to find their voice.” Ebony

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“Entertaining and enlightening....Bad Feminist is an outtake of her wisdom, and we would all do well to take heed.” Bitch Magazine

Review:

“It's no surprise that Roxane Gay — author, essayist and sharp observer of everything in pop culture were supposed to be too cool to like — has written such a winning book....Perfectly imperfect, Gay is an unforgettable voice, coming at just the right time.” NPR, Best Books of 2014

About the Author

Roxane Gay is the author of the novel An Untamed State and the story collection Ayiti. Her work has also appeared in Glamour, Best American Short Stories, and the New York Times Book Review.

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nick.knepshield, February 19, 2015 (view all comments by nick.knepshield)
It's hard to find books that accurately depict the day-to-day experience of someone who identifies as a feminist. Gay is able to lift the curtain, and show readers that being a feminist is not inherently taking a moral high-ground, but rather, striving to better yourself each day. Gay's use of popular culture makes it fun to read about her various opinions regarding the world, and feminism's place within it.
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Kayla Perry, November 8, 2014 (view all comments by Kayla Perry)
There are many things I like about this book so it's hard to pin down what exactly makes it great. I love Gay's assertion that's it better to "be a bad feminist than be no feminist at all" and how critically she examines the intersectionality of race, class, and gender. With shrewd observation and nods to pop culture, Gay manages to make her book a fast, engaging read and challenge us to question all our preconceived notions of how our culture deals with POC in the media and life in general. Would highly recommend to anyone!
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IngridS, October 23, 2014 (view all comments by IngridS)
Roxane Gay's collection of essays was so thought provoking that it's been a couple weeks since I finished the collection and I'm still thinking about the essays. I've looked up scrabble tournaments curious about that subculture, my to-read list has practically doubled from books mentioned in her essays although I'm not ready to move on from this collection, her critiques on American culture throw punches, and I appreciate her honesty and writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062282712
Author:
Gay, Roxane
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Humor-Anthologies
Subject:
Sociology -- essays.
Subject:
Girls & Women
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20140805
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Harper Perennial - English 9780062282712 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

In a year full of debates on who is and isn't doing feminism "correctly," Roxane Gay's book of essays was a refreshing look at the expectations we hold for both women in the spotlight and ourselves as self-declared feminists. Volleying between humor, literary critique, and honest reflection on her life and career as an educator, Gay makes a case for the bad feminist in each of us fighting the good fight in a problematic world.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This trenchant collection assembles previously published essays and new work by cultural critic and novelist Gay (An Untamed State). Even though she loves pink, feels nostalgic about the Sweet Valley High series, and lets degrading rap lyrics blast from her car stereo, Gay is passionately committed to feminist issues, such as equal opportunity and pay and reproductive freedom. Writing about race, politics, gender, feminism, privilege, and popular media, she highlights how deeply misogyny is embedded in our culture, the careless language used to discuss sexual violence (seen in news reports of sexual assault), Hollywood's tokenistic treatment of race, the trivialization of literature written by women, and the many ways American society fails women and African-Americans. Gay bemoans that fact that role models like Bill Cosby and Don Lemon urge African-Americans to act like ideal citizens while glossing over institutional problems in the education, social welfare, and justice system that exacerbate racism and poverty. Although Gay is aware of her privilege as a middle-class Haitian-American, she doesn't refrain from advising inner-city students to have higher expectations. Whatever her topic, Gay's provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty. Agent: Maria Massie, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Aug.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , “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.”
"Review" by , “Alternately friendly and provocative, wry and serious, her takes on everything from Girls to Fifty Shades of Grey help to recontextualize what feminism is--and what it can be.”
"Review" by , “A strikingly fresh cultural critic.”
"Review" by , “One of our sharpest new culture critics plants her flag in topics ranging from trigger warnings to Orange is the New Black in this timely collection of essays.”
"Review" by , “Roxane Gay is the gift that keeps on giving....An entertaining and thought-provoking essay collection.”
"Review" by , “As a feminist who has been around a while I have a message for these girls: its okay — you can skip the rigors of Betty Friedan and Andrea Dworkin and go straight to Roxane Gay, where feminism is not just friendly, but more relevant than ever.”
"Review" by , “The book is powerful, and its winsomeness is due entirely to Gay's fearless, inclusive and accessible prose.”
"Review" by , “What makes Bad Feminist such a good read isn't only Gay's ability to deftly weave razor-sharp pop cultural analysis and criticism with a voice that is both intimate and relatable. It's that she's incapable of blindly accepting any kind of orthodoxy.”
"Review" by , “Fascinating....An important and pioneering contemporary writer....Readers will immediately understand the appeal of Gays intimate and down-to-earth voice....An important contribution to the complicated terrain of gender politics.”
"Review" by , “I know there are still four and a half months left, but I'm calling it now: 2014 is the year of Roxane Gay. I just devoured her book, Bad Feminist....Amazing.”
"Review" by , “A thoughtful and often hilarious new collection of essays.”
"Review" by , “”[Gay's] energetic and thought-provoking first essay collection will become as widely read as other generation-defining works, like Nora Ephron's Crazy Salad and Joan Morgan's When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost.”
"Review" by , “Roxane Gay delivers sermons that read like easy conversations. Bad Feminist is an important collection of prose—prose that matters to those still trying to find their voice.”
"Review" by , “Entertaining and enlightening....Bad Feminist is an outtake of her wisdom, and we would all do well to take heed.”
"Review" by , “It's no surprise that Roxane Gay — author, essayist and sharp observer of everything in pop culture were supposed to be too cool to like — has written such a winning book....Perfectly imperfect, Gay is an unforgettable voice, coming at just the right time.”
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