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 tackles rape, assault, and harassment head-on.

Vogue, “10 of the Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2018” * Harper’s Bazaar, “10 New Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2018” * Elle, “21 Books We’re Most Excited to Read in 2018” * Boston Globe, “25 books we can’t wait to read in 2018” * Huffington Post, “60 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018” * Hello Giggles, “19 Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018” * Buzzfeed, “33 Most Exciting New Books of 2018”

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, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, and Bob Shacochis. 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: 9780062413505
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Format: eBook
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 574,721
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Roxane Gay is the author of the essay collection Bad Feminist, which was a New York Times bestseller; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; the memoir Hunger, which was a New York Times bestseller and received a National Book Critics Circle citation; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, McSweeney’s, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Bookforum, and Salon. Her fiction has also been selected for The Best American Short Stories 2012, The Best American Mystery Stories 2014, and other anthologies. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Lafayette, Indiana, and sometimes Los Angeles.

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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