Edited and with an introduction by Roxane Gay, the New York Times bestselling and deeply beloved author of Bad Feminist and Hunger, this anthology of first-person essays tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, bullied for speaking out. Contributions include essays from established and up-and-coming writers, performers, and critics, including actors Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union and writers Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. Covering a wide range of topics and experiences, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation, this collection is often deeply personal and is always unflinchingly honest. Like Rebecca Solnits Men Explain Things to Me, Not That Bad will resonate with every reader, saying something in totality that we cannot say alone.Searing and heartbreakingly candid, this provocative collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that not that bad must no longer be good enough....
|Title||:||Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture|
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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture Reviews
wow. gay has put together a mass of voices and in their bulk, the truth of their words, the words of their truth, cannot be ignored. in fact, they are overwhelming. All nuance all same all speak as one. Sad all together. sad in small doses. a mirror. a scream. a throat ripped open with both hands.
That was a really hard read and I had to read a chapter or two at a time, between other things, because it was too much to take in all at once.
Roxane Gay has put something together here that is almost indescribable. The very essence of rape culture has permeated our society so subtly that most don’t know of it other than in the most physical sense of the word. But in this collection of essays, writers of all backgrounds tell of how their lives have been affected. It is a masterful collection, one that is unflinching in its emotions and relatable in each person’s words.
I maybe shouldn't have marathoned this last night but (save one or two essays [it's a collection what can you do]) it was excellent and - of course heartbreaking - but also repetitive. We all need to hear that the sexual assault and harassment most women have experienced is "Bad enough" (then I read the Feb 11th New York Times magazine article on how teens use porn as sex ed and I thought maybe we could tell girls they should get pleasure out of sex for themselves? But lots of things I definitel ...more
Just looking at the title you can tell this is going to be a hard book to read. Although I found it even harder to put down. The way the authors were able to verbalize their pain in a way that brought you into the moment was in a dark and twisted way beautiful.
Rape has been in the headlines a lot lately and I'm happy the subject is being brought to light. No longer should it be taboo or something brushed under the rug. These are people's lives that are forever changed by someone else's actions. ...more
My goodness. Hard to read, but so important to read.
Not That Bad suffers from a common problem amongst all anthologies - consistency and resonance. For some these may not be an issue, but for others, it may pose a significant hinderance to one's reading experience.
i'm not sure who i'd recommend this to. not to someone who would find story after story of explicit sexual violence triggering, that's for sure. i suppose that's the nature of personal essays. there is power in owning your narrative and getting to describe what someone(s) did to you on your own terms, but i didn't expect that to be the vast majority of essays in this book. maybe the target audience is folks who really do believe rape culture is "not that bad" and constantly demand hearing what m ...more