When writer Roxane Gay dubbed herself a “bad feminist,” she was making a joke, acknowledging that she couldn’t possibly live up to the demands for perfection of the feminist movement. But she’s realized that the joke rang hollow. In a thoughtful and provocative talk, she asks us to embrace all flavors of feminism — and make the small choices that, en masse, might lead to actual change.
I am a proud feminist. I love ratchet TV and music. I have been known to fling around the ‘b-word’ with my girls in private. I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Rihanna’s BBHMM. Does all of this make me a bad feminist? Or just a woman that owns her shortcomings while she defines her feminism in a way that allows her to be authentic with her actions.