Bad feminist : essays / Roxane Gay.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: A 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 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 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.
    • Content Notes:
      Introduction. Feminism (n.): Plural -- Me. Feel me, see me, hear me, reach me ; Peculiar benefits ; Typical first year professor ; To scratch, claw or grope clumsily or frantically -- Gender & sexuality/ How to be friends with another woman ; Girls, girls, girls ; I once was Miss America ; Garish, glorious spectacles ; Not here to make friends ; How we all lose ; Reaching for catharsis : getting fat right (or wrong) and Diana Spechler's "Skinny" ; The smooth surfaces of idyll ; The careless language of sexual violence ; What we hunger for ; The illusion of safety/the safety of illusion ; The spectacle of broken men ; A tale of three coming out stories ; Beyond the measure of men ; Some jokes are funnier than others ; Dear young ladies who love Chris Brown ; So much they would let him beat them ; Blurred lines, indeed ; The trouble with Prince Charming, or, He who trespassed against us -- Race & entertainment. The solace of preparing fried foods and other quaint remembrances from 1960s Mississippi : thoughts on "The help" ; Surviving "Django" ; Beyond the struggle narrative ; The morality of Tyler Perry ; The last day of a young black man ; When less is more -- Politics, gender & race. The politics of respectability ; When Twitter does what journalism cannot ; The alienable rights of women ; Holding out for a hero ; A tale of two profiles ; The racism we all carry ; Tragedy, call, compassion, response -- Back to me. Bad feminist : take one ; Bad feminist : take two.
    • Notes:
      16 28 31 43
    • ISBN:
      9780062282712 (paperback)
      0062282719 (paperback)
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      GAY, R. Bad feminist : essays. First edition. [s. l.]: Harper Perennial, 2014. ISBN 9780062282712. Disponível em: Acesso em: 14 jul. 2020.
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      Gay R. Bad Feminist : Essays. First edition. Harper Perennial; 2014. Accessed July 14, 2020.
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LJ Reviews 2014 March #2

Salon columnist, PANK coeditor, and Rumpus essays editor, with 9,600 followers on Twitter and 85,000 followers on Tumblr, Gay is a young cultural critic to watch. And she's just put herself on the map with a debut novel, An Untamed State, about a young Haitian woman examining her assumptions after a violent kidnapping. 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. With a 30,000-copy first printing and some intense publicity for a nonfiction paperback original.

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LJ Reviews 2014 September #1

In her first essay collection, American novelist Gay (An Untamed State) tries to define the place of feminism today, in a country where Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and reality TV shows like Flavor of Love still find purchase. Incisive, self-aware, risky, and often funny, the author's writing is reminiscent of Nora Ephron's 1975 collection of feminist essays, Crazy Salad. While Gay also examines gender and pop culture, she adds texture and nuance to this conversation by taking up race and privilege, topics that are too often glossed over in feminist literature. The daughter of Haitian parents and raised mostly in Omaha, NE, Gay possesses a distinct perspective and singular voice. While she criticizes how little women's roles have evolved since the women's movement, she does so not to diminish feminism but rather to point out the increasing need for it and the need to redefine it—especially for younger generations who have largely been left out of the conversation. VERDICT Gay moves us in a positive direction by foregoing bitter rants and proselytizing and modeling instead on honesty, openness, and self-reflection. [See Prepub Alert, 2/24/14.]—Meagan Lacy, Guttman Community Coll., CUNY

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LJ Reviews 2014 November #1

Popular and prolific essayist and novelist Gay (An Untamed State) reflects on feminism, politics, and popular culture. (LJ 9/1/14)

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PW Reviews 2014 June #5

This trenchant collection assembles previously published essays and new work by cultural critic and novelist Gay (An Untamed State). Even though she loves pink, feels nostalgic about the Sweet Valley High series, and lets degrading rap lyrics blast from her car stereo, Gay is passionately committed to feminist issues, such as equal opportunity and pay and reproductive freedom. Writing about race, politics, gender, feminism, privilege, and popular media, she highlights how deeply misogyny is embedded in our culture, the careless language used to discuss sexual violence (seen in news reports of sexual assault), Hollywood's tokenistic treatment of race, the trivialization of literature written by women, and the many ways American society fails women and African-Americans. Gay bemoans that fact that role models like Bill Cosby and Don Lemon urge African-Americans to act like ideal citizens while glossing over institutional problems in the education, social welfare, and justice system that exacerbate racism and poverty. Although Gay is aware of her privilege as a middle-class Haitian-American, she doesn't refrain from advising inner-city students to have higher expectations. Whatever her topic, Gay's provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty. Agent: Maria Massie, Lippincott Massie McQuilkin. (Aug.)

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