All posts tagged: Essays

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Book Review: Back2Back Feminism)

A book of essays was a new frontier for me. I can’t remember the last time I read a collection of essays outside of a homework assignment. One aspect of Black and Bookish is to get out of my comfort zone, and Bad Feminist did that in a great way.


We Should All Be Feminist by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Book Review: Back2Back Feminism)

*My book obsessed tendencies lead to duplicate themes in my personally library. I must have been on a women’s power kick one day at the bookstore, because I purchased two books on feminism that day. In Back2Back posts, I’ll review each book separately.*  Feminism: the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men; I don’t ever recall hearing my mother call me a feminist. She has used many words to describe me- activist, stubborn, and bookish, of course- but feminist, or feminism, are not common place terms for her. Why would they be? Feminism is a heavy word, weighted down by generalizations, misconceptions, and messy, group in-fighting. She would fully deny it if asked were she a Feminist, and I would probably agree. I, on the other hand, am a proud Feminist. It was the thing upon which I placed all my moral decisions (like how I went vegan for a while in my late 20s because I read a book linking female oppression to animal oppression). In college …