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Bad Feminist - Roxane Gay

Paperback Published: 21st August 2014
ISBN: 9781472119735
Number Of Pages: 336

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'Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour 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 colour (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 sincere 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.

Industry Reviews

Gay is my favorrite current writer. - Guardian

Let this be the year of Roxane Gay. - Time Magazine

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

As BAD FEMINIST proves, Gay is a necessary and brave voice when it comes to figuring out all the crazy mixed messages in our mixed-up world. - Flavorwire

I just read Roxane Gay's BAD FEMINIST in one plane ride. It's brilliant. I am deeply grateful for it. Please read this book. - Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love)

A strikingly fresh cultural critic. - Washington Post

A strikingly fresh cultural critic. -- Ron Charles Washington Post

Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there. - Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?

Gay is my favorrite current writer. - Jessica Valenti Guardian

Let this be the year of Roxane Gay. - Time Magazine

Roxane is a powerhouse of a writer. She's really punk in her approach and her book Bad Feminist has liberated a lot of women by making it clear you can be a conflicted, complicated woman and still identify with feminism. - Lena Dunham

ISBN: 9781472119735
ISBN-10: 1472119738
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 21st August 2014
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 2.7
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1

Roxane Gay

About the Author


Roxane Gay’s writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, and many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times bestselling Bad Feminist, and Difficult Women and Hunger forthcoming in 2017. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.

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