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Bad Feminist: Essays [Kindle Edition]

Roxane Gay
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“Roxane Gay is the brilliant girl-next-door: your best friend and your sharpest critic. . . . She is by turns provocative, chilling, hilarious; she is also required reading.” (People)

“Roxane Gay applies her discerning eye to everything from Paula Deen to The Bachelor.” (Marie Claire)

“One of our sharpest new culture critics plants her flag in topics ranging from trigger warnings to Orange is the New Black in this timely collection of essays.” (O, the Oprah Magazine, 10 Titles to Pick Up Now)

“A trenchant collection. . . . Whatever her topic, Gay’s provocative essays stand out for their bravery, wit, and emotional honesty.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“Toss Roxane Gay’s collection of witty, thoughtful essays, Bad Feminist into your tote bag. With musings on everything from Sweet Valley High to the color pink, Gay explores the idea of being a feminist, even when you’re full of contradictions.” (Self, "Smart beach-read alert")

“A strikingly fresh cultural critic.” (Ron Charles, Washington Post)

“Gay’s essays are consistently smart and provocative. . . . Her essay collection will give you dinner-party conversation through September.” (Jennifer Weiner's 10 best beach reads, USA Today)

“An assortment of comical, yet astute essays that touch on Gay’s personal evolution as a woman, popular culture throughout the recent past, and the state of feminism today.” (Harper's Bazaar)

“Roxane Gay is the gift that keeps on giving. . . . An entertaining and thought-provoking essay collection.” (Time)

Bad Feminist collects the very good essays of ‘It girl’ culture critic Roxane Gay.” (Vanity Fair, Hot Type)

“Fascinating. . . . An important and pioneering contemporary writer . . . Readers will immediately understand the appeal of Gay’s intimate and down-to-earth voice. . . . An important contribution to the complicated terrain of gender politics.” (Boston Globe)

“Alternately friendly and provocative, wry and serious, her takes on everything from Girls to Fifty Shades of Grey help to recontextualize what feminism is--and what it can be.” (Time Out New York)

“Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there.” (Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?)

“With prodigious bravery and eviscerating humor, Roxane Gay takes on culture and politics in Bad Feminist--and gets it right, time and time again. We should all be lucky enough to be such a bad feminist.” (Ayelet Waldman, author of Love and Treasure and Bad Mother)

“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.” (Library Journal)

“Pre-order it, put it on the library hold list, whatever. Just get ready to read it and quote it and share it and be challenged by it.” (Book Riot)

“There are writers who can show you the excellence of their brains and writers who show you the depths of their souls: I don’t know any writer who does both at the same time as brilliantly as Roxane Gay.” (Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories)

“Praise Roxane Gay for her big-hearted self-examining intelligence, for her inclusive and forgiving stance, for her courage and determination . . . for saying out loud the things we were thinking, for guiding us back to ourselves and returning to us what was ours all along.” (Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted)

“She had me at Sweet Valley High. Gay playfully crosses the borders between pop culture consumer and critic, between serious academic and lighthearted sister-girl, between despair and optimism, between good and bad. . . . How can you help but love her?” (Melissa Harris-Perry, Wake Forest Professor and MSNBC host)

“As Bad Feminist proves, Gay is a necessary and brave voice when it comes to figuring out all the crazy mixed messages in our mixed-up world.” ("20 New Nonfiction Books That Will Make You Smarter," Flavorwire)

“Gay writes with probing intelligence about pop-culture topics from the morality of Tyler Perry to how much the Sweet Valley High books mattered to her.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

Bad Feminist places pop culture under her sharp, often hilarious, always insightful microscope.” (GQ.com)

“A collection of sharp, Sontag-ianly searing pieces on everything from iOrange Is the New Black to likability in fiction to abortion legislation. . . . Her pieces manage to be at once conversational and full of pithy aphorisms.” (The L Magazine)

“Gay is poised to hit the big time.” (Nylon Magazine)

“As a feminist who has been around a while I have a message for these girls: it’s okay — you can skip the rigors of Betty Friedan and Andrea Dworkin and go straight to Roxane Gay, where feminism is not just friendly, but more relevant than ever.” (Erika Schickel, Los Angeles Review of Books)

“What’s so special about this collection is its accessibility - Gay is nothing short of a critical genius, yet every essay is approachable and open while still being thorough. Her writing is rare, and at that, not to be missed.” (Bustle)

“I’m pretty sure Gay is incapable of writing anything boring. . . . Even better: It’s an essay collection, so you can parse it out, maybe save a couple for days when the Internet is particularly infuriating.” (Jezebel)

“With trenchant thoughts on Sweet Valley High, The Help, abortion, and Chris Brown, Gay isn’t really a bad feminist, just an uncommonly entertaining one.” (Vulture, "8 Books You Need to Read This August")

“A meaty volume of personal essays and criticism from one of the great storytellers and smartest cultural observers out there. . . . Gay is as critical and as she is admiring. That balance is what actually makes these essays so enjoyable and honest.” (Feministing.com)

Bad Feminist is a broad, compelling book. . . . It’s a book that feels like it needed to be out in the world . . . a book that feels vital, alive, and engaged with the world, and we need more writers as passionate as Roxane Gay.” (Flavorwire)

“Powerful, and its winsomeness is due entirely to Gay’s fearless, inclusive and accessible prose.” (Shelf Awareness)

“Gay’s writing is thoughtful and funny, compassionate and bold, and she’s just as likely to discuss Sweet Valley High as Django Unchained or Judith Butler.” (Refinery29)

“Arresting and sensitive. . . . An author who filters every observation through her deep sense of the world as fractured, beautiful, and complex.” (Slate)

“Gay’s essays expertly weld her personal experiences with broader gender trends occurring politically and in popular culture.” (Huffington Post)

“What makes Bad Feminist such a good read isn’t only Gay’s ability to deftly weave razor-sharp pop cultural analysis and criticism with a voice that is both intimate and relatable. It’s that she’s incapable of blindly accepting any kind of orthodoxy.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

“Blunt and funny. . . . [Gay acknowledges] ‘I am a mass of contradictions.’ For Gay, though, these contradictions are less a condition to be remedied than a source of greater strength.” (Washington Post)

“A prolific and exceptionally insightful writer. . . . Bad Feminist doesn’t show us how Gay should be, but something much better: how Roxane Gay actually is. . . . Gay unquestionably succeeds at leading us in her way.” (Globe and Mail (Toronto))

“I know there are still four and a half months left, but I’m calling it now: 2014 is the year of Roxane Gay. I just devoured her book, Bad Feminist . . . Amazing.” (Rookie)

“A thoughtful and often hilarious new collection of essays.” (Chicago Tribune)

“”[Gay’s] energetic and thought-provoking first essay collection will become as widely read as other generation-defining works, like Nora Ephron’s Crazy Salad and Joan Morgan’s When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost.” (Essence)

“Roxane Gay delivers sermons that read like easy conversations. Bad Feminist is an important collection of prose—prose that matters to those still trying to find their voice.” (Ebony)

“Honest and warm. She takes a close, scathing look at modern music and film. . . . I believe her essay collection will open a lot of eyes and inspire women of all ages to stand and speak up.” (SheKnows.com)

“Above all, Gay disabuses the stereotype of a humorless feminist, writing in a voice that’s fresh, funny and always accessible.” (Sacramento News Review)

Kurzbeschreibung

New York Times Bestseller

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.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Love her writing 6. Oktober 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
I've been a big fan of Roxane Gay for a while, and this book has only increased it! Big collection of her best essays on politics, gender, race and entertainment, witty, outspoken, just brilliant.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen "I like you even though you are very mean." 8. August 2014
Von Amelia Gremelspacher - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verifizierter Kauf
Amazon made me read this book. It kept showing up in suggestions, and it is an editor's pick. Then Huffington Post chose it as the book they are talking about this week. I was in a grumpy mood about it since the blurb didn't invite my interest. Collections of essays so often are an excuse to show the author as witty and relevant. So the first essay of this book is self deprecating and explained the title. Gay is a bad feminist; she often does not aspire to the politically correct stance and can, at time, act as a girly girl. (gasp) Still I was not in love. But the book was creeping on me.

I love this book. Interestingly the final sell was the chapter on likability in literature and in life. In taking issue with literary criticism that pans a book for unlikable characters, Gay put into words an idea that had been brewing in my own mind. She is a fan of the flawed character. She cares about the person who risks not meeting the standards of a the good girl, and she champions the authors who craft these women. The writing is unpretentious but literary and smart. In adding an essay about her own experiences of being a professional who risks her popularity to be herself, Gay rounded a well spoken discussion with humanity. Gay is dignified in her defiance, and like all my favorite writers, she struggles to be objective on her own short comings. I mean, the woman loves Scrabble.

I am also a fan of Gay's approach to how society views women in general. She uses literature with a well balanced hand. I especially appreciate her mix of classic and contemporary fiction in her critiques. Some of the books are not high literature, and I appreciate this. While many of us would like to be seen as citizens of the literary world, I would guess that most people are like Gay is and like I am. I read junk sometimes. I share her guilty pleasure: reality TV. But I really laud the objective stance she takes with these pleasures and how she explores the picture of women that emerges.

Gay widens her dissuasion with an exposition of how we portray our villains and victims. What does it mean that the Boston Marathon bomber was viewed with such empathy in Rolling Stone while the same magazine spent not a word on the black victim of the George Zimmerman shooting? It's a good question.

So in summary, thank you to the critics that nagged me into reading this book. I hope you add my voice to your consideration and read it yourself.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Candid, funny, raw. 5. August 2014
Von Dorothy L. Dootson - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is one of the most fun reviews I have ever done. I generally only read fiction for review, but when I read the description of the book on Edelweiss I had to grab it right up! Some of the stories are hilarious. Some are kind of heart breaking. I love that no topic is off topic. Anything goes, and Gay is very candid in her story telling.

I know that Roxane Gay has a fan for life in me, and one day I would love to just sit and have a conversation with her.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen I tried to find the diamond in the rough but I kept turning pages and coming up empty. 16. September 2014
Von me - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I agree with all of those reviewers who stated they badly wanted to like the book and that at times it was enjoyable and engaging. However for the most part it was angry with a lot of complaining about anyone and everyone without offering any positive alternatives. I think Ms Gay believes she knows the right way to achieve equality but she didn't offer many viable alternatives.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen it gets boring. At least now I have a bunch of ... 28. August 2014
Von madiboo - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch|Verifizierter Kauf
I was expecting more general essays on feminism, but instead it's really a critique on current literature (the majority) and popular media as it depicts women and gender. Since i haven't read many of the books she critiques, it gets boring. At least now I have a bunch of book suggestions to read!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Engaging, Entertaining, and Thought-Provoking 22. August 2014
Von Joel Kramer - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format:Taschenbuch
A friend sent me this, and at first I wasn't really sure I would enjoy it. As a gay white male, a sort-of feminist essay collection by a sometimes-not-completely-hetero woman of color didn't really seem like something that I would really connect with, but I trust my friend's judgment and gave it a try, and I'm glad I did. Sometimes angry and blunt, sometimes funny, and at all times thoughtful and well-researched, I found that Gay and I had a lot more in common than I expected and felt, at times, that we were kindred spirits. We've both struggled with our weight. We've both worked at times in environments where we hear people saying derogatory things about minority groups that we happen to be part of. We've both fallen in love with seemingly perfect men who didn't love us back and were terrible for our self esteem. We also both have odd hobbies, both watch the same trashy television shows even though we know we should feel bad about it, and we both speak out about the things that bother us about our society. While I didn't agree with everything she said throughout the book, I did enjoy reading her thoughts and letting them spur my own introspection, and overall found the book engaging.
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