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Bad Feminist: Book Discussion Series

Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist - March 2018 Library Book Discussion, sponsored by ISU Library's Committee on Diversity & Inclusion

Bad Feminist


Book Discussion Series Schedule: Week 1


-Sponsored by Committee on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, ISU Library

Week 1

TOPIC: Introduction and Identity

Topic Leader: Susan Vega García

Meeting:  March 1, 3:30-4:30, Rm 304

Selected readings, from Introduction and [Me] sections:

  • Introduction: "Feminism (n.): Plural" -- pages xi-xvii

  • "Feel me. See me. Hear me. Reach me" -- pages 3-16

  • "Peculiar Benefits" -- pages 17-22.

You can always read more from the Introduction and [Me] section, but these are the essays we will focus on in our discussions.

Discussion Questions

1. How does Gay create space to begin to discuss difficult issues? What strategies does she use?  Are these strategies that could be used in our daily work environments?

2. What does Gay mean by bad feminist?

3. Why do you think Gay chose these specific essays to place at the beginning of the book?  

4. How does Gay's identity as a 1st generation Haitian American inform her reality? What other facets of her identity does Gay share in these first essays?

5. The essays for this week examine privilege.  What are some examples of privilege that Gay identifies in herself?  What are areas in which she says she lacks privilege?  Can we think of examples of our own privileges and lacks of privilege?  Is anyone willing to share their own examples?