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
This intersectional collection bears witness to the frustrating stories about rape, assault, and harassment that have become far too familiar. It's hard to stomach. At times, it's graphic. I don't know if I could read it again, but here are the fragments I want to look back on when I need to be reminded that all of this really is that bad. Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a review copy of this book!
"He's not shouting at you as a method of engagement; he's just testing something out. ...more
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"Sometimes people tell me that something bad happened to me, but I am brave and strong. I don't want to be told that I am brave or strong. I am not right just because he was wrong. I don't want to be made noble. I want someone willing to watch me thrash and crumple because that, too, is the truth, and it needs a witness."
This book is a witness to the grip of rape culture on our society. It was devastating. It made me angry. It places a spotlight on stories and subject matter that need to see t ...more
My goodness. Hard to read, but so important to read.
Wow, what a collection! Each contributor added something to the book, rarely do I enjoy every essay or story in a collection. I respect all of the contributors so much for sharing their experiences. Just a masterpiece.
I have never had such a hard time getting through a book that I liked. "Liked" actually feels like the wrong word here. How can I say I liked something that made me angry and frustrated almost 100% of the way through, and which filled me with dread every time I tried to convince myself to pick it back up again? Perhaps "appreciated"? Understand is necessary? See its importance? But not liked.
I didn't expect this reaction, even though rape is a tough subject to read about under the best circumst ...more
Rape and rape culture's not that bad.
Yes. It is that bad.
In Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture, these aspects and their presences in our culture get splayed and dissected by various women and men in this book. For example, Roxane Gay, Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy, and Anthony Frame serve as narrators. Nothing's clean. Nothing's politically correct to protect the senses of rapists, molesters, and their enablers. A purging of pain and hindrance brought on by the aforementioned groups ...more
This has been, by far, the toughest book I've ever read. A numerical rating doesn't even seem to make sense with this essay collection. How do you rate people's trauma? Raw. Unflinching. Haunting. An essay collection that will be sitting with me for a long time.