Literature is a powerful tool for taking down the patriarchy, and on the last Sunday of every month we will be getting together to discuss the months chosen book. This month, our book of focus is Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist, a collection of essays spanning politics, criticism, and feminism from one of the most-watched young cultural observers of her generation.
“Pink is my favorite color. I used to say my favorite color was black to be cool, but it is pink—all shades of pink. If I have an accessory, it is probably pink. I read Vogue, and I’m not doing it ironically, though it might seem that way. I once live-tweeted the September issue,” says Gay.
In these funny and insightful essays, Roxane Gay takes us through the journey of her evolution as a woman (Sweet Valley High) of color (The Help) while also taking readers on a ride through culture of the last few years (Girls, Django in Chains) and commenting on the state of feminism today (abortion, Chris Brown). The portrait that emerges is not only one of an incredibly insightful woman continually growing to understand herself and our society, but also one of our culture. Bad Feminist is a sharp, funny, and spot-on look at the ways in which the culture we consume becomes who we are, and an inspiring call-to-arms of all the ways we still need to do better.”
This event is open to everyone regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion. This is a safe space for everyone who wishes to attend, so sexist, homophobic, trasphobic, racist, abelist, ageist, or hateful language/actions of any kind will not be tolerated.
The event is FREE, however, we will also be taking donations of sanitary products (tampons, pads, etc.) to be donated to the Calgary Women’s Shelter. Additionally, Shelf Life will be carrying copies of Bad Feminist in their store, and 10% of every copy sold will be donated to the Calgary Women’s Centre.
We also acknowledge that our event will take place on the land of the Treaty 7 People, The Blackfoot from Kainai, Cree, Blood, Siksika, and Peigan, The Sarcee from Tsu’tina and Eden Valley, and the Stoney Nakoda people from Morley. We acknowledge all treaties; fulfilled and broken. We are all treaty people, visitors to this land and we give thanks to the people who came before and keep this land for us and all our future generations.