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review 2017-07-20 21:21
Overwhelmed in a Good Way
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay

I don't know what else to say about Roxane Gay besides run and find all of her books and sit down and enjoy. I loved her collection of essays. Some of them were humorous, some sad, and some just made me want to sit in a room by myself all day and not talk to a person. She has a way of drilling down on an issue and just making you realize that someone out there has the same thoughts as you and you don't feel wholly alone.

 

I will say one thing though, the flow of these essays does not go from point A, to point B, etc. seamlessly. Instead it feels like we get dropped in at various times when Gay could be just talking to a friend about a subject she wants to discuss.

 

The book goes from broad topics such as Gender & Sexuality, Race & Entertainment, Politics, Gender, & Race, and then goes back to Gay speaking about herself and what makes her a "bad" feminist. Within these topics she has some essays speaking on things. I will say that if you haven't read some of the books she is discussing (she dislikes Fifty Shades of Grey as much as I do) or watched some of the movies, you may not get what she is talking about. Since I have read the books in question, or at least heard of them, and watched all of the movies, and television shows I was better off than most of the other readers who I saw had comments about that. 

 

I also think that according to the modern day rules I am probably a bad feminist. I don't think my being a woman equals I cannot criticize another woman. If anything, I hope, that most women's comments are more constructive than what most men say about us to our faces and behind our backs. 

 

I also know that even though I am black, I too do not care for Tyler Perry's movies and just like Gay think his messaging needs to be fixed. 


Things I highly encourage potential readers to review:

 

"The Careless Language of Sexual Violence", "Dear Young Ladies Who Love Chris Brown So Much They Would Let Him Beat Them", "The Trouble With Prince Charming, or He Who Trespassed Against Us", and "1960s Mississippi: Thoughts on The Help".  

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text 2017-07-16 04:13
What I've read since I've been away...
Difficult Women - Roxane Gay
Fearless Creating - Eric Maisel
Baltimore Blues - Laura Lippman
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
The Girl with All the Gifts - M.R. Carey
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate - Al Franken
Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Res... Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy - Sheryl Sandberg,Adam Grant
Dangerous Ends: (Pete Fernandez Book 3) ... Dangerous Ends: (Pete Fernandez Book 3) - Alex Segura

Difficult Women by Roxanne Gay
Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel
Baltimore Blues by Laura Lippman
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Girl With All The Gifts by MR Carey
The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison
Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
Option B - Facing Adversity, Building Resilience and Finding Joy. 
Dangerous Ends by Alex Segura



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review 2017-07-05 14:48
The Hunger Inside All of Us
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

Trigger warning: rape

 

I really don't have much to say besides go and grab this book to read. This is a painfully honest memoir by Gay. At times I felt like she had mailed me a copy of her diary and said enjoy the read. I wanted to look away at times because it was too much. She tap into the voice that lives in all women to a certain extent telling us we are not good enough time and time again.

 

If you have read Gay's other works, you may know she was a victim of group rape when she was 12. She goes into this incident and how it caused her to eat and eat in order to protect herself from the world. If she was larger, that would put boys/men off cause they don't find themselves attracted to heavier women. The pain that comes through at times may get to you. It did to me. What I liked most is that Gay offers up her life to us as readers and doesn't hold back. She's brutally honest about how her own actions have led her to where she is today. She's still trying and that's all any of us can do.

 

Gay goes into her family dynamics, her early schooling, and what drew her to writing. Some parts of this memoir I saw she recreated for some of her short stories I recently finished. This book gave me a richer understanding of those stories now, and I wish I had read this first.

 

Unlike with most memoirs this doesn't have the author doing some rah rah things are great in my life wrap up. Gay just feels more at peace it seems by the end of this book. She has let us in to see the real her and I for one enjoyed it.

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text 2017-07-04 01:58
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

Wow. Just wow. A must read. This is a really great memoir. Gay definitely let's you all the way in which is something that I have criticized other memoirs for not doing when I have reviewed them.

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text 2017-07-03 04:14
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body - Roxane Gay

So far this memoir has been heart breaking. But also parts of it feel weirdly familiar to me. When Gay starts explaining her relationships with men in the aftermath of her rape you as well will feel haunted by the 13 year old version of her. 

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