Book Review #98 – Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay

Hello dear readers!

Here is my review for Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay! Enjoy!

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Synopsis:

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 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 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.

 

Pros:

  • intersectional feminism
  • funny
  • beautiful writing
  • incredibly touching in some parts

 

Cons:

  • scattered, train of thought writing
  • too many analyses of pop culture media
  • descriptions of movie/novel/series plots that just made me tune out

 

Verdict:

I really don’t know what to say about this book because all my feelings towards it are very contradicted. Some parts really really touched and, specially the introduction where Gay talks about being a “bad” feminist, really spoke to me. And then there were others I couldn’t care one bit about and I just thought about other things while listening to the audiobook, which I didn’t expect to do, at all. Actually, this book really wasn’t what I thought it would be and that’s why I feel so conflicted about it. I expected personal experiences and reflections and I got that, in part, but also a ton of plot summaries for movies and books I never heard about.

So, idk.. I think you should give this one a go, but definitely know what you’re putting yourself into.

In case you’ve given this one a go, let me know what you thought about it!

See you soon,

Cat.

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