We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Bad Feminist Audiobook

Bad Feminist

Regular Price:£18.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
    • Free, unlimited access to Audio Shows
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Pink is my favourite colour. I used to say my favourite colour was black to be cool, but it is pink - all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I'm not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.

In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of colour (The Help) while also taking listeners on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown).

The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society but also one of our culture.

Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny and sincere look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are and an inspiring call to arms of all the ways we still need to do better.

©2014 Roxane Gay (P)2015 Audible, Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Gay is my favorrite current writer." (Jessica Valenti, Guardian)
"Let this be the year of Roxane Gay." (Time Magazine)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (121 )
5 star
 (60)
4 star
 (46)
3 star
 (10)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (2)
Overall
4.2 (104 )
5 star
 (47)
4 star
 (36)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (4)
1 star
 (2)
Story
4.4 (105 )
5 star
 (62)
4 star
 (24)
3 star
 (15)
2 star
 (3)
1 star
 (1)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Suswati 23/11/2017
    Suswati 23/11/2017 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    241
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    245
    244
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A mixed bag of essays"

    Roxane Gay is a gifted writer no doubt, but like a lot of her more prominent work, there are huge amounts of autobiographical information that didn't seem completely relevant.

    Her essays on the intersection of feminism with misogynistic pop culture was incredibly on point, exploring E.L. James' infamous BDSM novel Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as other popular novels such as Twilight. She briefly mentions rape culture and how all of the above feeds into this notion.

    Similarly her discussion on how race is portrayed in major Hollywood motion pictures is accurately disturbing - showing how African Americans are used in plots as a way to prop up white protagonists (The Help, Django Unchained).

    Some of her other chapters seemed disconnected as if they were put in the book because there was no other place for it. This appears in the chapter on Scrabble. (Playing Scrabble doesn't make you a bad feminist).

    There were a lot of haphazard thoughts that didn't quite thread together with the rest of the book ie. abortion rights, and male politicians' views on body autonomy. Gay was pretty adamant on her views on this, which appeared to showcase her opinion that she truly is a feminist.

    The underlying message was that you may have flaws by enjoying aspects of pop culture, but as long as you are aware of how important it is that women receive equal rights, you can be any kind of feminist. But the book does feel as if she's trying to prove it to herself and to the world which seems rather unnecessary. We believe you Roxane.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anonymous 31/12/2017
    31/12/2017 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A must read"

    Thought provoking and challenging, with a great analysis on contemporary culture. I which more people had views like this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bbear 10/08/2017
    Bbear 10/08/2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Thoughtful essays"

    There are great insights on contemporary topics. It took me a while to adjust to listening to the actor narrate the book, and I kept wondering what it would be like to hear the author's actual voice. I think the book could have been even more powerful if she had read it herself. There are a number of pop culture dissections, and I was more interested in some of them than others. Some essays in this collection will probably feel dated as time goes on because of these references. I look forward to reading more from Roxane Gay in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nicole 23/05/2017
    Nicole 23/05/2017 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bloody Brilliant!"

    An actual delight, though this book requires a content warning Gay does hit home some honest truths. Beautifully written and well researched.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.