Bad Feminist : Essays – Audiobook Online by Roxane Gay.
A collection of essays on politics, criticism and feminism from one of the most followed 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’s pink – all shades of pink. If I have accessories, it has could be pink. I read Vogue, and I don’t do it ironically, even though it seems so. I did tweet the September issue directly.”
In these humorous and poignant essays, Roxane Gay takes us through her evolutionary journey as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also engaging the listener in the background. culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commentary on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait emerges as not only an incredibly insightful woman, constantly evolving to understand herself and our society, but also one of our cultures.
Every year, there is a great debate among many female lawyers about tights. Yes, I’m writing this in 2015. No, I’m not kidding. The East Coast team claims it’s absolutely necessary to wear flesh-colored Brillo pads that are glued to one’s foot, apologizing for they’re expensive, uncomfortable and likely to develop strides run ugly and very unprofessional. Here on the West Coast, most of us don’t wear them, applying lotion liberally to avoid unsightly dryness while also risking shocking the stern Judges. One thing in common: we all shave our legs.
In “Bad Feminist” (2014), Gay argues that the mythological good feminist is someone who has no sense of humor, is not interested in fashion, does not like men, will not have children, and certainly does not shave her legs. Gay men don’t live up to those standards (and who set them?) And neither do the rest of us. My favorite feminist icon, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, has truly changed women’s lives, contesting – and winning – important cases for working women before becoming her Deputy Attorney. United States Supreme Court. Ginsburg had a long and successful marriage; spend time caring for her husband when he has cancer; have two children; has received several style icon awards; wears lace jabots with her black cape; and like ‘Notorious RBG’ (“The Infamous RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” (2015)) has an unrivaled sense of humour.
That begs the question: what is a feminist? Gay men don’t find a “good feminist” anywhere, ignoring themselves, three US Supreme Court women and quiet feminist, Hilary Rodham Clinton (HRC) – simultaneously, rips Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, and author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” (2013). In Gay’s opinion, Sandberg can’t be a feminist because she’s always been privileged, she doesn’t struggle with childcare providers, and she has a housekeeper. Well, the CDC is probably concerned about the new species of mold growing in my bathroom, but not being able to afford a housekeeper doesn’t make me a feminist. And maybe Gay is using ridiculous advertising arguments and I’ve taken it too seriously?
It’s good to step back and think about feminist philosophy, and I love this thought. However, “Bad Feminist” really doesn’t perform as well as an Audible. Gay men tend to wander with new topics in her essay, and sometimes it’s impossible to tell if she’s digressing or a new essay has begun. The title of the review is a quote by Gay.
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