Inspirational female authors: Roxane Gay

Throughout 2018 we are reviewing one book a month written by a woman, to celebrate the centenary of women legally being able to vote. This month I have chosen the first non fiction book on the list: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Bad Feminist is a collection of essays about a wide range of subjects including pop music, sexuality, scrabble, women’s legal rights, privilege, sexual violence, reality TV, Chris Brown, female friends, The Hunger Games, body issues and Orange is the New Black. The essays are all in some way an exploration of feminism today.

From the outset Roxane Gay introduces herself as a ‘bad feminist’. Throughout the book she convincingly argues that there might be more than one perfect way to be a feminist. She also explores feminism from the often overlooked perspective of black and LGBT women. It is part essay and part memoir as she shares very personal stories of her life.

I don’t normally read a lot of non fiction but I was hooked by this book straightaway and it was an engaging read. Some parts are funny, some parts are emotionally challenging and she is always insightful. A lot of what she said resonated with me and it made me reevaluate some of my opinions. There is such an array of subjects examined that even if you don’t agree with everything she says, there will be something to interest you.

She also discusses a lot of books I haven’t read yet so it has given me a whole list of things I want to read!

You can see the previous reviews of inspirational women writers for May, April and March See you in July.

Philippa, Brompton Library