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November 2018

Roxane Gay.

Is anyone reading Roxane Gay's essay collection Bad Feminist? Thoughts?

I have some, but am having difficulty formulating them. For one thing, I didn't think I was going to be able to continue after reading the intro (about being a "bad feminist"). Normally if you say the word "feminist" to me, I just stop listening, because with the exception of Jessa Crispin's manifesto Why I Am Not a Feminist, I have never read anything remotely interesting to me that included the word "feminist."

But I am glad I continued on, because I am actually enjoying Gay's collection. I hope to say more about it specifically in a future post, but my overall reaction so far is that I just really like Roxane Gay. Her writing doesn't set me on fire and I haven't found a whole lot of insights in her stuff, but overall it's put together well and I think her heart is in the right place and I just like her, so I'm willing to spend some time reading her. This is high praise for me lately, as I find most people I meet or read do not improve upon closer acquaintance.*

In other news, I see now that Gay has just announced she will be leaving her professor post at Purdue University.

Oh, and might I just add? I hope that you all had a Happy Thanksgiving. Mine was nice but I'll admit a good part of the thrill is now being done with 50% of the big winter holidays. Yes, you may call me The Grinch.

*I'm sure anyone I meet says the same thing about me.

Citizen Reader, Elsewhere.

Okay, apologies, this is shameless self-promotion, but I got another essay published at!

I Didn't Know How Badly I Wanted a Natural Birth Until It Wasn't an Option.

Also apologies because I know you are probably tired of reading about me and my process of having babies.

Also please note it is November! Ye Gods! Checking the schedule for The Essay Project 2018 in the sidebar at the right, I see we are on Roxanne Gay's essay collection Bad Feminist. Anyone else checked it out yet?