I’ve linked to some of Roxane Gay’s essays before. Since discovering her work in 2013, she has become one of my favourite essayists. Bad Feminist has been on my to-read list since it was released and the Kindle sale over Christmas provided the perfect opportunity to pick it up.
In parts memoir, reviews, critiques of pop culture, and comments on the state of contemporary feminism Bad Feminist switches between them all in a confident manner that highlights how everything is intertwined.
On a rational level we may know certain songs, films and/or TV shows are problematic yet we can still find ourselves drawn to them. I’m sure we’ve all got things we refer to as ‘guilty pleasures’ for this very reason.
Gay’s writing is smart, funny and well able to pack a punch when needed. I may not always agree with her conclusions, but her words often make me stop and think about things in ways that I hadn’t before. Which is what you want from a writer, right?
This is one book that I recommend you all add to your to-read lists.