Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture


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"In this valuable and revealing anthology, cultural critic and bestselling author Roxane Gay collects original and previously published pieces that 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."--

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Mar 12, 2019

Poignant, hard-hitting and painful to read

Not That Bad is an impossible book to rate; each of the stories in this anthology are personal and painful experiences that are important and raw for the writer. Each one is in a completely different style, or about a different part of an experience - some focus on the act itself, some on the aftermath, some on the backstory of how it happened. There are poem-like stories, angry essays, retellings of events, graphic comic style drawings and even a few 'statistic' like chapters. The variety and backgrounds of the writers are wide - a mix of ages, experiences, backgrounds, races and orientations which show the scope and scale of the problem in our society today.

Not That Bad is approximately 350 pages - a length of book which would normally take me around a day to read, but instead this book has been on my 'currently reading' for months. It isn't a book you can simply devour in one sitting - I read a few stories at a time in between other books and only when in the right frame of mind for it.

Not That Bad is an immensely powerful book and one that should be read by everyone, especially those who find themselves victim-blaming others. It is poignant, hard-hitting and painful to read. Thank you to NetGalley and Atlantic Books - Allen & Unwin for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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