Roxane Gay announces new book of essays about rape culture
Roxane Gay is not slowing down. The Bad Feminist author tweeted out the cover of a new upcoming essay anthology on Friday. Gay will edit and provide the forward for Not That Bad: Dispatches From Rape Culture.
According to publisher Harper Collins, the pieces included will “address what it means to live in a world 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, bullied’ for speaking out.” The list of contributors includes Ally Sheedy and Gabrielle Union.
Sexual harassment has been in the news a lot lately, following the flood of accusations against powerful Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. After actresses like Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd spoke out publicly about the abuse they had allegedly suffered at Weinstein’s hands, other accusations followed against Kevin Spacey, Brett Ratner, and James Toback, among others.
The discourse around harassment and rape culture is not new, of course. Gay, for one, has been writing about it for years. Earlier this year, Gay published Hunger, a memoir about how sexual abuse suffered as a child has continued to affect her relationship to her body throughout her life.
Not That Bad is due out May 1, 2018 from Harper Collins. Pre-order it here.