A review by mdyang97
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay


It has been a long time since I was active on Goodreads but given the weight of the year that just passed and my new willpower to "turn over a new leaf" in this 2021, I returned. This is the second book finished at the start of the year, and I am more than pleased with picking it up. "Bad Feminist" was a title I'd heard periodically across social media and from those in my circle and I always wanted to have a better grasp of what it means to be a feminist.

Gay's writing was approachable and human. I felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop with her and she was simply telling me these stories about her life, the things she reads or watches and the people she meets. I adored the style of the book in how it combined objective analysis with personal reflection on a variety of issues in the feminist land. As a young woman myself in search of identity, I'm hoping this book can guide me towards a more solid sense of self.

My favorite parts were when Gay is brutally honest about the way she thinks about certain things, as well as the flawed parts of her human experience. I appreciate the incisiveness delivered at cultural artifacts and phenomena we take for granted. I'd like to question the world around me a lot more.