HerStory 2022 / June Colorway: Bad Feminist Author: Roxane Gay
From Knitted Wit:
Roxane Gay is a self-proclaimed Bad Feminist . She's a writer, a teacher, a publisher, a mentor, and a podcaster (among other things), focusing on women and women's experiences in the world.
One of the unifying themes in Gay's work is the understanding and acceptance that we as humans are flawed; in fact, it's the thesis of her most well-known work, Bad Feminist. She jokes that she's a Bad Feminist, because her approach to and experience of feminism is human, and therefore, imperfect. She enjoys songs that contain misogynistic lyrics, she loves the color pink, she wants someone else to handle the yard work. The essays in the book range from musings on friendship, to in-depth book critiques, to reflecting on her long-standing love of the Sweet Valley High books, to hard-hitting essays on rape culture and the harm perpetrated by the patriarchy.
Our Bad Feminist colorway incorporates all of the seeming disparate parts of what makes Roxane Gay whole: a hearty dollup of her actual favorite color, pink, mixed with the color she often told folks was her favorite, the more serious black. The result is as complicated and lovely as our June author.