Not That Bad

Not That Bad

Dispatches From Rape Culture

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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. Highlighting the stories of well-known actors, writers, and experts, as well as new voices being published for the first time, Not That Bad covers 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 and street harassment. Often deeply personal and always unflinchingly honest, 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2018].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062851468
0062851462
Characteristics: xii, 350 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gay, Roxane - Editor

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Tara_P
Dec 07, 2018

This important book makes it clear that any kind of sexual interaction-rape, assault, abuse, gropes, pats, catcalls, harassment-that is not consented to by both parties is 'That Bad' for the person (him/her) who is the recipient. These essays chip away at the fallacy of safety. No matter what a person wears, where they are, whatever their state of mind is, how old they are, no one is safe from sexual predation. It is an unsettling book and I don't believe that it is possible to come away from reading it without understanding this point. We live in a culture that both tacitly and overtly condones these behaviors. As much as we'd like to place the blame on others, (how about, say, our current president), the truth is that most everyone is to blame when we think that what has happened to ourselves and others is not that bad.

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