“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue.”
I am really excited about Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist: Essays. In my journey to understand what Feminism means to me, the biggest obstacle is understanding what is expected from a Feminist. It became clear that the Feminist agenda has not yet been universalized. And that the idea of the militant, humorlesss Feminist still comes to the fore front.
Gay's essays explore the complications that result: the exclusivity of non-white women, the transgender, community, Feminism only for the privileged, as well as the fragmentation even within a community that self-identifies as Feminist (Cupcake Feminism).
What is comforting is how lost I find myself when I review my own love for pink, my infatuation with rap music, my desire for fashion and consumption of all things "girly."
I am most interested in Gay's ideas of accepting those contradictions, where they come from, and how it affects the Feminist movement altogether.