|Photo Credit:Amazon Author Page|
I recently posted a rave review on An Untamed State and a less stellar but favorable review on Ayiti. Bad Feminist is Roxane Gay’s third and most recent book, published a few months ago. And after reading this one, it’s safe to say that I’ll read whatever book Gay publishes next.
That said, I didn’t love this book. But only because I don't follow pop culture. Gay is apparently a pop culture maven and in more than a few essays, I had no interest in or idea what she was talking about. For that reason, I wasn’t able to read straight through. But where this book was good, it was really good, like - why are you all in my head - good!
Music, movies, reality television, politics, books, race...she touches on, what seems like, everything! She doesn't overlook her own bias and even shares some of the most traumatic experiences of her life which gives insight on her perspective. One of the things I like about her writing is that she comes from a place of - this is what I think, you should feel free to use your own brain.
We get an idea of what to expect from her work in the future when she writes, ”I have no problem with darkness, sorrow, pain, or unhappiness. I have no intention of straying from these themes in my writing.” So it doesn’t sound like we should expect any fluffy stuff whenever her next book does come out.
Just before I finished Bad Feminist, someone posted something that I think sums up this book -
"Freedom cannot be achieved unless the women have been emancipated from all forms of oppression.” Nelson Mandela
On second thought, I think that sums up feminism.
“I can’t debate the artistic merits of Django Unchained because the palms of my hands are burning with the desire to slap Tarantino in the face until my arms grow tired.”
Purchase through affiliate links to support Reading Has PurposeBad Feminist: Essays on Amazon
View all by Gay on Amazon