Highlighting the stories of well-known actors, writers, and experts, as well as new voices being published for the first time, NOT THAT BAD delves into a vast range of experiences and issues, from an exploration of the rape epidemic embedded in the refugee crisis to first-person accounts of child molestation and street harassment. Often deeply personal and always unflinchingly honest, this incisive collection both reflects the world we live in and offers a call to arms insisting that “not that bad” must no longer be good enough.
Roxane Gay, one of the greatest and most beloved writers of her generation, now takes on rape culture in a timely, provocative anthology of original and previously published pieces that address what it means to live in a world where rape is normal, sexual assault pervades every industry, and harassment is unavoidable.
Featuring an introduction by Roxane Gay and essays by:
Aubrey Hirsch · Jill Christman · Claire Schwartz · Lynn Melnick · Brandon Taylor · Emma Smith-Stevens · AJ McKenna · Lisa Mecham · Vanessa Mártir · Ally Sheedy · xTx · So Mayer · Nora Salem · Lyz Lenz · Amy Jo Burns · V. L. Seek · Michelle Chen · Gabrielle Union · Liz Rosema · Anthony Frame · Samhita Mukhopadhyay · Miriam Zoila Pérez · Zoë Medeiros · Sharisse Tracey · Stacey May Fowles · Elisabeth Fairfield Stokes · Meredith Talusan · Nicole Boyce · Elissa Bassist
During this #MeToo moment in which brave women from all walks of life have come forward to shine a light on the realities of sexual abuse, NOT THAT BAD is especially urgent and incredibly necessary. Gay and her contributors interrogate a culture where women have to measure the harassment, violence, and aggression they face, and where they are “routinely second-guessed, blown off, discredited, denigrated, besmirched, belittled, patronized, mocked, shamed, gaslit, insulted, and bullied” for speaking out.
The Writer Behind the Writing
Roxane Gay is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Bad Feminist and Hunger, which has been nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and received the NBCC Members’ Choice Award; the novel An Untamed State, a finalist for the Dayton Peace Prize; and the short story collections Difficult Women and Ayiti. A contributing opinion writer to the New York Times, she has also written for Time, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, and Salon, among others. She is the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. She lives in Los Angeles.