Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

by Roxane Gay
Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

by Roxane Gay


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062413512
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 81,985
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Roxane Gay is the author of the New York Times bestselling essay collection Bad Feminist; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; the New York Times bestselling memoir Hunger; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, for which she also writes the “Work Friend” column, she has written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, Harper’s Bazaar, Tin House, and Oxford American, among many other publications. Her work has also been selected for numerous Best anthologies, including Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 and Best American Mystery Stories 2014. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. In 2018 she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and holds the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University’s Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Table of Contents

Introduction Roxane Gay ix

Fragments Aubrey Hirsch 1

Slaughterhouse Island Jill Christman 15

& the Truth Is, I Have No Story Claire Schwartz 33

The Luckiest MILF in Brooklyn Lynn Melnick 49

Spectator: My Family, My Rapist, and Mourning Online Brandon Taylor 59

The Sun Emma Smith-Stevens 69

Sixty-Three Days AJ McKenna 79

Only the Lonely Lisa Mecham 89

What I Told Myself Vanessa Máartir 99

Stasis Ally Sheedy 105

The Ways We Are Taught to Be a Girl xTx 115

Floccinaucinihilipilification So Mayer 129

The Life Ruiner Nora Salem 143

All the Angry Women Lyz Lenz 155

Good Girls Amy Jo Burns 167

Utmost Resistance: Law and the Queer Woman or How I Sat in a Classroom and Listened to My Male Classmates Debate How to Define Force and Consent Y. L. Seek 177

Bodies Against Borders Michelle Chen 189

Wiping the Stain Clean Gabrielle Union 203

What We Didn't Say Liz Rosema 207

I Said Yes Anthony Frame 213

Knowing Better Samhita Mukhopadhyay 229

Not That Loud: Quiet Encounters with Rape Culture Miriam Zoila Pérez 235

Why I Stopped Zoë Medeiros 243

Picture Perfect Sharisse Tracey 253

To Get Out from Under It Stacey May Fowles 273

Reaping What Rape Culture Sows: Live from the Killing Fields of Growing Up Female in America Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes 289

Invisible Light Waves Meredith Talusan 301

Getting Home Nicole Boyce 307

Why I Didn't Say No Elissa Bassist 323

Contributors 341

Acknowledgments 349

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