Bad Feminist is part memoir, part literary criticism, and entirely outstanding. With clever insight and no-holds-barred opinions, Roxane Gay fixes a critical eye on the entertainment industry, literature, and current events. Gay challenges us to ask for more-more parity, consideration, and effort, regardless of gender. In one of my favorite essays "How We All Lose", Gay takes to task the commonly held belief that the empowerment of women would invalidate men, and effectively severs that link. With unflinching honesty and Gay's brave approach to difficult topics, the content was sometimes tough to digest, and so I had to read in small segments. But giving thought to these concerns felt important and it was worth reaching beyond my comfort zone. This book gave me permission to define my own brand of feminism outside of any movement or political affiliation. It is well-written, informed, and refreshingly candid; recommended reading for anyone interested in increasing their social and self-awareness.
A cultural examination of the ways in which the media influences self-perception, and discusses how society still needs to do better.