In 2014, the American author Roxane Gay jettisoned herself into recognition with her well-written and searing novel Bad Feminist. A self-proclaimed “bad feminist” herself, Gay wrote eloquently about politics, being a woman of colour, and the contradiction of being a feminist while simultaneously loving things that aren’t necessarily in-line with feminist thought (see: Jay-Z’s song lyrics). This year, Gay published a new book of short stories, entitled Difficult Women.
In light of the most recent drama at the Oscars – that, frankly, I am still cackling about – I wanted to focus some attention on Moonlight, which has been tragically living in La La Land’s shadow for the last few months.
Spectrum is a podcast show based in St Andrews that looks at issues of gender equality that releases four podcasts each year, two each semester, on issues that are connected with gender equality. It looks at topics from intersectionality (of race, sexuality and class with feminism) to the vagina.
This, now famous, title by the award-winning Times journalist, Caitlin Moran, chided me somewhat in its presumption when I first heard it. It appeared to be saying: “Do you want to be a woman? Yes? Well, then read this book, because if you don’t read it, you can’t become a woman.” Yet, in a sense, I think it is not a case of presumption. If you are a young woman (or man) who still thinks that feminism consists of a bunch of 'man-hating lesbians', you need to read this book.