Overview from Barnes & NobelA 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 listeners 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.
I read this book for the book club that I joined at Paper & Glam. It is believed that we should stretch ourselves in our reading to become more diversified. (Right now I am having a love/hate relationship with that word). So I bought the NookBook (at $11.80) and downloaded it to my Nook. I could afford to stretch myself a bit, I thought!
This book started out okay. And then it got angry and bitter. I am hard pressed to say the book is about feminism at all. It is must more about race. She does touch on gender, sexuality, and a variety of other topics. I feel she totally missed her opportunity to rave about feminism and how far women have come. Or at least explain how we can change the way we look at feminism to become better instead of staying 'bad' feminists. Instead she just went on and on and on about the black person's oppression. And that is what she was 'bitching' about films and TV doing. She didn't do it any better in my opinion.
If I buy a book about feminism I want to read about feminism and not about the problems with the races. Her anger and bitterness did not encourage me to want to change things. Or even to look at it from her point of view. This book certainly did not live up to being funny or insightful in my opinion.
I truly believe there is a way for the races to come together. But, first we need to drop the labels "black" and "white" and replace it with "people". And we need to quit blaming each other for things that happened many years ago. It is part of our American history. But it's not your fault and it's not MY fault.
I reluctantly gave it one star.