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    Easy to dip in and out of and come away with a bit of insight every time

    Roxane Gay loves Jay-Z, but knows he's got problems with how he talks about women. What's a modern feminist to do? These are short, earnest essays reflecting on gender, race, class, and everything else. She's compassionate and funny and never hectoring, so when she calls BS on something, even if it feels like a shot coming in your direction, it's more like a friend giving your shoulder a shake than any kind of ideological attack. She writes with a clean-scrubbed prose style that gives you the sense that she's working extra-hard to be understood; I found myself compelled to read a bit slower and consider things a bit deeper.
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    It's okay to be a bad feminist

    I really enjoyed Roxane's take on modern feminism and the way she frames pop culture, books, movies, and even Scrabble through its lens. Funny and clever, her essays suggest that it's okay not to not be a perfect feminist at all times, as long as you work on it. This book helped me redefine what it means to be a feminist.
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    All over the place

    I picked this up because it was the Daily Deal and wanted to see things from a feminist perspective. I really liked her candor and her willingness to attack what's wrong with feminism in today's society, but there were other things that I really couldn't relate to because I either didn't care or wasn't interested in, which did not have any relevance to feminism. Obviously, no one can agree with everything an author writes about but it's still a good read with a balanced perspective.
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    A provocative look at prevailing beliefs

    As I research and study issues around gender equality I found this book gave me insight or challenges to my long held perceptions about race culture and gender. I felt humbled at times by the author's experiences and views. I know that I am privileged in so many ways and will continue to look for ways to include, without prejudice and jealousy, others into this privileged position.
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    phenomenal

    Sharp writer, the stark observatio re: reproductive rights and political agenda really hit home for me.
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