Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

I loved this book. I absolutely loved it, and she said a lot of things I needed to hear. The title come from this idea that we internalize what a feminist is supposed to be, and it’s always this amazing thing that’s impossible to live up to. We’re all too messy to be good feminists. We like the wrong things, and say the wrong things, and wear the wrong things. Gay criticizes this idea of essential feminism, and gives herself and everyone else the permission to fuck up, to be flawed and human. This idea is so important. Don’t let the idea of perfection stop you from being a feminist. There isn’t one right way of being a feminist. Do your thing, try, and realize that feminism will mean different things to different people. It’s better to be a bad feminist then no feminist at all.
I love how Gay writes cultural criticism. She’s very forgiving and understanding. She acknowledges that it’s possible to really enjoy something and to have problems with it. She understands that things can be flawed representations but good movies, or bad movies with good political takeaways. She gets that things are complicated, and isn’t interested in writing things off. She isn’t looking for perfection, just interesting things to think about, and understands that sometimes the most interesting things to think about are going to be sort of fucked up. She doesn’t judge herself or anyone else for liking what they do. It’s a really refreshing point of view from a feminist critic. She has such a friendly authorial voice, I want to hang out with her. Everything she’s saying about gender and race and pop culture and life is so interesting. It’s a really great book. Go enjoy.=

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3 thoughts on “Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

  1. I also love this book! My best friend gave to me this last summer, and I’m rereading it now. Bad Feminist also led me to the phenomenon The Green Girl, and I am forever changed. Lovely blog by the way!

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