Feminist Book Club: Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist”

So the Feminist Book Club met up for the 2nd time at Ar-Ruhma on Sunday afternoon to finish talking about Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. Here are some of my recollections of the stuff that came up:

  1. While some feministas agreed with the things Roxane was saying and found them interesting, the collection as a whole didn’t really call to them. Maybe because of the style, the voice, the manifesto (or lack of it) – inconclusive. One feminista observed that Bad Feminist emerged out of cultural observation rather than social activism
  2. Others found the collection really compelling and liked the way Roxane wrote – with clarity and without claiming to be a representative voice for feminism
  3. Most feministas chose a few chapters with the most promising title to read rather than finishing the entire collection
  4. Some comparison to other contemporary Western/celebrity feminists – Lena Dunham, Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, Laurie Penny
  5. Most feministas enjoyed the SVH chapter

Other things that came up

  1. The casual sexism of Bruneian stand-up comedy
  2. The oddness of Ar-Ruhma’s roti pisang
  3. The market forces that brought Sweet Valley and Archie comics to a vast number of Bruneian readers
  4. Other childhood reads: Nancy Drew, Babysitters Club, Penpals
  5. Re-reading for comfort
  6. “Niceness” vs/and likeability as a quality prized in females – Mona Eltahawy
  7. Ombak Rindu, the trope of the good Malay kampung girl/bad Malay Westernized girl
  8. Surihati Mr Pilot, and height as a (constructed?) attribute of masculinity

Next time

  1. Reading Lolita in Tehran for January, and in a nod to Valentine’s Day, a modern romance novel (TBD) for Februrary!
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3 Responses to Feminist Book Club: Roxane Gay’s “Bad Feminist”

  1. hazm8 says:

    It’s great that you are writing these up! I find the part on “The market forces that brought Sweet Valley and Archie comics to a vast number of Bruneian readers” interesting but I guess that’s economics rather than literature. I hope we can do more with these write-ups! šŸ™‚

    • katdakoo says:

      I figured I should write it up while I remembered it! I tried remembering our last meet-up, but couldn’t remember all the really interesting threads except those I’d been thinking about. Which was a shame!

  2. Pingback: Feminist Book Club – “Reading Lolita in Tehran” | katdakoo reads

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