Bad Feminist


Bad Feminist is a New York Times bestseller!
“She had me at Sweet Valley High. Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist is a refreshing contribution to contemporary feminist debates that have devolved into scenes more appropriate for a Mean Girls remake than serious reflection on gender and inequality. In the midst of this internecine feminist toxicity, Gay playfully crosses the borders between pop culture consumer and critic, between serious academic and lighthearted sister-girl, between despair and optimism, between good and bad. This is the text for those of us who constructed our feminism from the pages of teen chick lit as much as from the musings of post-modern theorists. Gay gives us permission to take up the sword of feminism while laying down the shield of policed authenticity. As a result, we complete this book both more powerful and more vulnerable, just like Gay herself. And she gets how important it is to be a junior faculty member with a personal printer in her own office! How can you help but love this author?”
—Melissa Harris-Perry Host, MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry” Presidential Endowed Professor of Political Science at Wake Forest University
“With prodigious bravery and eviscerating humor, Roxane Gay takes on culture and politics in Bad Feminist–and gets it right, time and time again. We should all be lucky enough to be such a bad feminist.”
“There are writers who can show you the excellence of their brains and writers who show you the depths of their souls: I don’t know any writer who does both at the same time as brilliantly as Roxane Gay. Bad Feminist shows this extraordinary writer’s range–in essays about Scrabble, violence, fairy tales, race, The Hunger Games, longing, and Sweet Valley Confidential, Gay is alternately hilarious, full of righteous anger, confiding, moving: Bad Feminist is like staying up agreeing and arguing with the smartest person you ever met. Stop reading this blurb. Start reading this book.”
“Praise Roxane Gay for her big-hearted self-examining intelligence, for her inclusive and forgiving stance, for her courage and determination, for humanizing the theoretical and intellectualizing the mundane, for saying out loud the things we were thinking, for guiding us back to ourselves and returning to us what was ours all along. Now that she’s here, it’s impossible to imagine what we ever did without her.”
-Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted
“Roxane Gay is so great at weaving the intimate and personal with what is most bewildering and upsetting at this moment in culture. She is always looking, always thinking, always passionate, always careful, always right there.”
–Sheila Heti, author of How Should a Person Be?


Publisher’s Weekly, Starred



Shelf Awareness

Los Angeles Review of Books

Time (interview)

Refinery 29 (interview)

O, The Oprah Magazine, August 2014

Marie Claire (interview), August 2014

Self, August 2014

Vanity Fair,  August 2014

The New York Times Magazine (interview)

The Guardian (profile)

NPR (profile)

NPR (interview, Weekend Edition)

Wisconsin Public Radio (interview)

Ozy (interview)

GQ (The Punch List)

Mother Jones (interview)

Book Hooked



San Francisco Chronicle

Tampa Bay Times

The Boston Globe

Chicago Tribune (interview)

The Takeaway, WNYC (interview)

Harper’s Bazaar

Toronto Globe and Mail

Washington Post

Barnes & Noble Blog

Q on the CBC (interview)




Globe and Mail (interview)

Chicago Tribune

Philadelphia Inquirer


BUST (interview)

Newstalk (Ireland) (interview)

KCRW’s Press Play (interview)

International Editions

United Kingdom, Corsair