I’ve lived a sheltered life. I’ve also lived a rather privileged life as well. Sure, I had a few obstacles in my life but nothing compared to most people, and certainly nothing compared to Roxane Gay. This was the right book at the right time with me. I have been feeling pressure about how to think about feminism and issues that black Americans have to struggle with every day. I read internet articles on gender equality, race issues, and the harassment that women go through often, but nothing comes close to understanding the struggle from a black woman’s perspective than reading an entire book describing her life. This is what I was missing when it comes to understanding feminism, and that is connecting to an author, and gaining more empathy than what I previously did.
I definitely recommend this to people like myself, that don’t really have someone in their life to explain the struggles that women and black women specifically go through in their lives. A very easy to read collection of essays that are both entertaining and heartfelt. After reading this I realized I still have a very long way to go to think correctly. This will not be the last book I read on women’s issues.