Bad Feminist // Roxane Gay
I’ve been deeply enjoying this book by Roxane Gay. The idea of being a bad feminist is one that resonates with me. At the beginning of the book she explores the idea of feminism and how we put feminist women on pedestals, often to later be knocked down when they do something not feminist. Who defines what is feminist and what isn’t feminist? The idea of a bad feminist reminds me of the both/and concept. You can be both a feminist and something that others consider “not feminist” because you are human. Being a feminist does not mean being a perfect idealized femi-bot. This excerpt reminds me a lot of how I feel when I am writing. I want to say things that are dark or rude simply because as a writer you often have to feed these things out in order to maintain some level of likability. Whatever I say on my blog, or on my twitter, becomes an impacted part of my persona. My words are not me, but they become me. And that in itself is a both powerful and terrifying sentiment that, I suppose, drives some mad women to fiction.