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Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Ditulis oleh Roxane Gay


Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture

Ditulis oleh Roxane Gay

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May 1, 2018
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#MeToo…

Been second-guessed or gaslit for speaking up? You’re not alone. These stirring essays edited by Roxane Gay are a rallying cry for change. Our pervasive cultural attitude that sexual harassment and violence is “not that bad” is just not good enough.

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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.

In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and best-selling 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, and Claire Schwartz.

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 MeNot That Bad will resonate with every listener, 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.

Narrators include: Roxane Gay, Gabrielle Union, Ally Sheedy, Amy Jo Burns, Lyz Lenz, Claire Schwartz, Aubrey Hirsch, Jill Christman, Lynn Melnick, Brandon Taylor, Emma Smith-Stevens, A.J. McKenna, Lisa Mecham, Vanessa Mártir, xTx, Sophie Mayer, Nora Salem, V.L. Seek, Michelle Chen, Liz Rosema, Anthony Frame, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Miriam Zoila Pérez, Zoe Medeiros, Sharisse Tracey, Stacey May Fowles, Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes, Meredith Talusan, Nicole Boyce, and Elissa Bassist.

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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.

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  • Been second-guessed or gaslit for speaking up? You're not alone. These stirring essays about rape culture edited by Roxane Gay are a rallying cry for change. Our pervasive cultural attitude that sexual harassment and violence is "not that bad" is just not good enough.

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  • The women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct face a backlash common against victims of sexual assault who speak up: attacks on their credibility. They are not alone. These stirring essays edited by Roxane Gay demonstrate our pervasive cultural attitude that sexual harassment and violence is "not that bad" is just not good enough. A powerful rallying cry for change.

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  • (4/5)
    Roxane Gay curated this collection of essays on rape culture, so I knew it would be amazing, at least from the writing and the way emotions are vividly and powerfully expressed. This book, however, is also an emotionally exhausting and tragic collection of essays. In each essay - some describing rape, others things like cat calling - the writers (who include men as well as women and transgender persons too) come back to the idea that their experiences weren't "that bad". From the beginning, we know that this is the wrong phrase to use for these kinds of experiences and by the end, the phrase nearly made me angry with its repetition. I don't share all of the experiences details in these essays, I've experienced enough of the pieces (the catcalling essay really resonated with me) for the stories to hit their mark. The essays here are poignant and I hope they encourage a larger change in how we talk and deal with these issues as a culture.
  • (4/5)
    What made this book so great is also what made it feel like a chore - these stories sound all too similar and familiar...
  • (4/5)
    Content Note: This book’s subtitle is literally “Dispatches from Rape Culture.”Best for: Those looking for some reassurance and reminders that yes, it really is that bad.In a nutshell: Editor Roxane Gay brings together essays from 30 people (mostly women), all of which address some part of rape culture.Worth quoting:“The part I wanted them to understand is that these equations can implode, constricting your whole life, until one day you’re sitting in a locked steel box breathing through an airhole with a straw and wondering, Now? Now am I safe?”“I wonder if, when it finally stops for good, if it will be too late to relax, if the muscle memory of the harassment will keep me tense on the sidewalk forever.”“Then they will revise backward. They will take every opinion they’ve ever heard from you, every personality train, every action, and recast them in light of what you told them. This will be particularly true of your sexual behavior and your appearance.”Why I chose it:Roxane Gay.Review:I am a writer. I mean, I don’t get paid to write, but I do write. A lot. And I have this essay, still sitting in the ‘ready to pitch’ folder in Scrivener, simply called “Arm Grab,” about the time a random dude grabbed and squeezed my arm and then ran off, and what multiple encounters like that do a person over time. And before reading this book, I probably would have left it in the folder forever because it is just one in a long line of small incidents that I would have described as “not that bad.”This is a book that can be hard to read. It isn’t 30 essays about rape, though — it’s 30 essays about the various ways that rape culture affects women and men. About street harassment, and child abuse, and date rape. Individual stories that are connected by the ways we don’t believe women, or treat them as broken, or at fault, or as liars. The ways we’re taught to be grateful that our experiences don’t matter, don’t affect the ways we navigate this world.The essay that resonated the most with me was “Getting Home,” where author Nicole Boyce talks about how an experience led to her not feeling comfortable walking alone after dark. Like ever. And so much of what she wrote lives in my head. The fear of the sound behind me when I leave the tube station. The keys sticking out through our fingers. My confusion and then sadness when my husband and I go for a walk late in the evening and I don’t want to walk through the park because I wouldn’t do it alone, and I remember that he navigates the world without really having to make those calculations.I’d recommend this to everyone who feels that they’re in a place where they could read it. It’s not light reading, but it wasn’t nearly as challenging a read as I thought it would be.
  • (5/5)
    This book is the best essay collection that I’ve ever read.
  • (4/5)
    This application is very useful for me i like it
  • (4/5)
    Not bad. I like the story. Thought I felt sometimes I could not relate to some essays point of view.
  • (4/5)
    It took me a year to read. If you are a survivor of any kind of assault there are many triggering moments, of course. A very rewarding, often challenging read. Some of the stories are better than others, but that’s always the case with anthologies.
  • (5/5)
    It's a very necessary book, even in this day and age, specially in this day and age, where rape and sexual assault can go unnoticed and believed to be not that bad compared to what others have suffered.
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely brilliant and necessary. The collection consists of over 20 essays and all of them are equally well-written and equally heart-breaking. Seeing this many people experiences, varied but eerily similar, showcases how actually Bad it all is.
  • (5/5)
    Great audiobook. Every narrator was excellent in their own way
  • (4/5)
    This was excellent, even if I was left very angry afterwards. The amount of rubbish people have to deal with on a daily basis is stupid and people really need to be treated better.
  • (5/5)
    I loved listening to the book. the stories are sad but powerful. And I applaud the people who had the courage to share. This book made me realize that
    1. We are not alone
    2. That feeling when someone does something to you and you ask yourself if its okay...means that it was not okay..
    3. That sexual harassment is not just when you are touched inappropriately.. it is also those uninvited words of a stranger
    4. The strength to live differently.. just because others are okay with the rape culture and i am not, does not make me crazy
    5. Hope that things will change for future generations.
    Thank you for sharing. A young african girl read this, and im inspired..
  • (4/5)

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    To be candid, I'm not at all certain I should review this book. It was not targeted to my demographic or my personal experiences. I'm an old straight guy. If someone reading this, wants to skip over it to the next "review," I will not take offense, even if offense at my being a guy is taken. That being said, I will offer a few notes. I won't try to elevate what I have to say to the status of a review. First, about the introduction by the editor, I said to myself, this is really good -- and then I realized none of the rest of the book would be by her. But my disappointment was short lived, because the first essay was beautifully, masterfully written, and, in my mind, set a stage for the highly varying temperament of the overall book. There is a lot of unresolved thought by the authors of the essays, that goes well beyond just deep wounds. The situations that occurred -- or didn't occur, but feared they would -- and the responses received -- or not received -- and the endless need to assess and reassess, and forgive and not forgive, it's all an emotional, intellectual burden for the just the reader. Imagine the writers. The variety of the writing styles and the exact subject matter and the range of emotional levels, with all this, even the most sterile recitations have something to relate that still resonates. Well done, Editor. All in all, I'm very disappointed America's Uncle Joe still doesn't quite get it or that Donnie never will, but I hope this book, as pain filled as it is, will provide some degree of salve for the injuries our society continues to inflict.

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    How do you rate a book like this? Not That Bad is a collection of essays from people who’ve experienced rape, child molestation, harassment, and other forms of sexual violence. This collection is a heavy yet unforgettable read, and one that I think is necessary for many.

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  • (5/5)

    2 people found this helpful

    For being someone who has gone through sexual assault myself I found this book to be therapeutic

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