Not That Bad
Dispatches from Rape Culture
New York Times Bestseller
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 from writers including Gabrielle Union, Brandon Taylor, and Lyz Lenz 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, Booker Prize-nominated Brandon Taylor, and Lyz Lenz.
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 Solnit's 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.
About this Author
Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collectionBad Feminist, which was aNew York Timesbestseller; the novelAn Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collectionsDifficult WomenandAyiti. A contributing opinion writer to theNew York Times, she has also written forTime,McSweeney's, theVirginia Quarterly Review, theLos Angeles Times,The Nation,The Rumpus,Bookforum, andSalon. Her fiction has also been selected forThe Best American Short Stories 2012,The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author ofWorld of Wakandafor Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.
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