Climbing the summer TBR mountain
This month we’re making — and taking — recommendations for summer reading lists for books that inspire us, make us think, make us laugh, whatever.
The one I want to share is BAD FEMINIST by Roxane Gay. There’ve been a lot of “isms” in the news lately, and I thought I should probably read something about some of them even if I wasn’t sure I really wanted to read something about isms. So right from the start, the idea of being a “bad” ist was appealing to me.
I’m glad I picked it up. The essays aren’t just about feminism or critical race theory or academia — although Gay offers plenty of thoughtful thoughts about those topics. She’s just like one of those interesting friends that you want to spend more time with because whatever she says is bound to make you go “oh”.
I realize I’m probably the choir that Gay is preaching to because I believe in equal rights, equal pay for equal work, equal access to the best family planning that medicine can devise, and various other equals. I believe anyone should be able to pass out drunk and naked in the street and not have to worry about sexual assault — not that I necessarily recommend being drunk and naked in the street unless it’s Mardi Gras or something. I believe people who play Scrabble competitively are a bit weird. I kind of believe everybody should believe these things without question, right — especially the Scrabble part. But apparently we don’t? Anyway, it’s nice to read someone who has thought about these issues and presented them with care and humor and without the excessive vitriol that has sometimes made me want to not read about isms.
If too many daily news headlines hurt your heart then having Roxane Gay as a guide into the underlying issues might be a good first step in climbing this particular topical mountain.
Have you read any ism books that helped open your eyes? Please share in comments.