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read reader â Bad Feminist Paperback È roxane gay ê ➮ [Ebook] ➩ Bad Feminist By Roxane Gay ➺ – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 anNsightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our cultureBad 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 I feel like I'm taking crazy pills when people talk about Roxane Gay I went into this hoping to love this book hoping it would be revelatory as promised or that I would be better off for having read it But it was a slog to get through and I can't recommend it to anyone who's spent than a cursory 5 minutes on the internet reading cultural criticism It isn’t simply that she fails to offer nuanced critiue or that she contradicts herself it's that these essays are horribly written They're terribly sloppily constructed Fully half of the essays in this collection have my scribble in the margin What the hell is her thesis? Where is she going with this? There's no POINT to it all except to point out that racism and sexism still exist and are reflected and amplified by our pop culture artifacts No duh? I guess if all she did was rehash these issues in a coherent thoughtful and elegant way that would be enough I can recommend a beautiful piece of writing even when it adds nothing new to the discussion There's something to be said for elegant writing in its own right but this book doesn't offer such writing These read like the blog pieces they originally wereThis is a published essay collection This was her big spotlighted debut Considering the hype which preceded its publication this book should represent the very best criticism she can muster the most crystallized opinions the most exuisitely unfolded trains of thought If this meandering pointless collection of dressed up Tumblr posts is the best criticism she can offer to a publisher it's sorely disappointingEDIT Folks can take umbrage at the last third of this essay though I think if you're not ready to talk about your own history of sexual violence you're not obligated to but you can't mention that PRECISELY following an essay calling out other female writers for their failure to write explictly about their histories of sexual violence but there is no denying the rest of this review is spot freaking on 2 Two years later I'm knocking this book down to one star because it still makes me angry to see it on bookshelves I threw away my copy This book represents the worst that 21st century criticism has to offer thoughtless incurious lazy and ultimately devoid of rigor

Bad FeministNsightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our cultureBad 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 I feel like I'm taking crazy pills when people talk about Roxane Gay I went into this hoping to love this book hoping it would be revelatory as promised or that I would be better off for having read it But it was a slog to get through and I can't recommend it to anyone who's spent than a cursory 5 minutes on the internet reading cultural criticism It isn’t simply that she fails to offer nuanced critiue or that she contradicts herself it's that these essays are horribly written They're terribly sloppily constructed Fully half of the essays in this collection have my scribble in the margin What the hell is her thesis? Where is she going with this? There's no POINT to it all except to point out that racism and sexism still exist and are reflected and amplified by our pop culture artifacts No duh? I guess if all she did was rehash these issues in a coherent thoughtful and elegant way that would be enough I can recommend a beautiful piece of writing even when it adds nothing new to the discussion There's something to be said for elegant writing in its own right but this book doesn't offer such writing These read like the blog pieces they originally wereThis is a published essay collection This was her big spotlighted debut Considering the hype which preceded its publication this book should represent the very best criticism she can muster the most crystallized opinions the most exuisitely unfolded trains of thought If this meandering pointless collection of dressed up Tumblr posts is the best criticism she can offer to a publisher it's sorely disappointingEDIT Folks can take umbrage at the last third of this essay though I think if you're not ready to talk about your own history of sexual violence you're not obligated to but you can't mention that PRECISELY following an essay calling out other female writers for their failure to write explictly about their histories of sexual violence but there is no denying the rest of this review is spot freaking on 2 Two years later I'm knocking this book down to one star because it still makes me angry to see it on bookshelves I threw away my copy This book represents the worst that 21st century criticism has to offer thoughtless incurious lazy and ultimately devoid of rigor

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Bad Feminist î Nny and insightful essays Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman of color while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years and commenting on the state of feminism today The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly i “Feminists are just women who don’t want to be treated like shit”Well Roxane Gay and I both have a favorite uote in common now and I'll also be calling myself a bad feminist because I would rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at allI went into this book not knowing much about the author I feel in love with her just with the intro I didn’t really connect with some of the stories especially the first third but things picked up towards the middle of this book and laughed out loud during the bits about Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey Overall I think it was hard to connect with some of the essays simply because I hadn’t read the books or watch the movies that were mentioned book ´ Bad Feminist Î Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay Î Bad Feminist ebook 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 issueIn these fu I became aware of the “I don’t need feminism because ” meme several months ago You know—those photos of young women holding up signs that read things like “I don’t need feminism because I am capable of critical thinking” or “I don’t need feminism because I am not a delusional disgusting hypocritical man hater” I shook my head rolled my eyes but still these weird declarations chilled me How did a socio political movement founded on the principles of empowerment and eual rights become reduced to “disgusting man haters”? Who are these ignorant young women who believe that feminism is a dirty word something to be ashamed of and how do they not understand what they owe to the generations before them and how much work there is yet to do?For the purpose of this review these uestions are purely rhetorical The answers are there they are complex and the subject of many a dissertation I am certain Which is probably why Tumblrs of anti feminist rants exist—we stopped talking about what feminism means on an every day cultural level Feminism removed itself to the alabaster towers of academe where concepts such as intersectionality essentialism Third Wave feminism and patriarchal bargaining are no match for the mainstream which is still shuddering over 80s shoulder pads as wide as an airplane hangar Well thank God for Roxane Gay and her collection of intimate generous witty and wholly accessible essays Bad Feminist Her voice is the first I’ve heard say “It’s okay to be messy to hold conflicting opinions to do things that don’t follow the party line to uestion and be confused and STILL be a feminist” As she says in the collection’s closing line “I’d rather be a bad feminist than no feminist at all”First a few things you should know about Roxane Gay she’s a writer of novels short stories essays; a professor of English; a literary and cultural critic; a native of Nebraska the daughter of Haitian immigrants You will learn much about Roxane by reading her essays Some of what she shares will make you laugh Some of it will break your heart At some point she will hit a nerve and piss you off though not when she writes about participating in Scrabble competitions she's adorable and so so funny here She ruminates chats gossips but rarely does Gay conclude Her essays hinge on the ellipses of what makes us human our vulnerabilities our inconsistencies our flaws Like each of us she is “a mess of contradictions;” hence her admission her claim to being a “bad feminist”Don’t look here for an historical treatise or a modern exposition of feminism This is not a textbook It is not a uick and dirty “Feminism for Dummies” It is one woman’s thoughts many of these essays have been published previously giving to a loose and rangy feeling to this collection on a wide range of contemporary American issues political and cultural with the basic theme of how feminism can confound and inspire Gay is a pop culture enthusiast and many of her essays examine contemporary race and gender relations through the filter of current cultural touchstones She is an unabashed consumer of what are pointlessly referred to as ‘guilty pleasures’ I floundered a bit at times feeling like I was smushed into a corner booth with a bunch of girlfriends at brunch suirming and looking around the diner unable to contribute to the conversation I haven’t had television since 1993 and I don't read fan ficStill I soaked up what Gay had to say about the pop culture phenoms even if I couldn’t relate to the details She has this raw way of setting forth her opinion often pointed contrary angry or biting but without a hint of snobbery You get that she gets it’s opinion not gospel She makes many points that resonated deeply with this reader In the essay Beyond the Measure of Men Gay writes The label “women’s fiction” is often used with such disdain I hate how “women” has become a slur I hate how some women writers twist themselves into knots to distance themselves from “women’s fiction” as if we have anything to be ashamed of as women who write what we want to write I don’t care of my fiction is labeled as women’s fiction I know what my writing is and what it isn’t Someone else’s arbitrary designation can’t change that If readers discount certain topics as unworthy of their attention then the failure is with the reader not the writer To read narrowly and shallowly is to read from a place of ignorance and women writers can’t fix that ignorance no matter what kind of books we write or how those books are marketed”But in later essays The Trouble with Prince Charming The Solace of Preparing Fried Foods and Other uaint Remembrances from 1960s Mississippi Thoughts on The Help and Surviving Django she takes to task both the writers and readers of Fifty Shades of Gray Twilight and The Help and the film Django Unchained Gay draws the inclusive reading line at irresponsible writing of poor uality that celebrates the subjugation and abuse of women and at writing and film that craps all over the black American experience Gay also naturally discusses feminism from the perspective of a woman of color This opens worlds of opinion and perspective that this reader craves In light of this summer’s controversy over domestic abuse the NFL and the punishment Janay Rice suffered at the hands of her husband and the media as well as the killing of Michael Brown and the unrest in Ferguson MO I want to ask these young women of Tumblr “How’s that ‘I don’t need feminism’ working out for you?” For I do not believe that feminism is the purview of women It belongs to all who advocate for social justice and human rights Gay makes the point again and again in so many clever and self effacing ways that we have isolated ourselves in our narrow categories Feminism is not spared her scorn it has largely excluded women of color ueer women transgendered women it hasn’t dealt adeuately with fat shaming it doesn’t recognize privilege it offers up highly educated wealthy successful white women Marissa Mayer Sheryl Sandburg as proof that things have changed But what is most striking about Bad Feminist is to hear a strong wise accomplished vocal woman say “I’m still trying to figure out what feminism means to me”