Why Roxane Gay Wants You To Stop Just *Thinking* About Feminism
Girlboss Radio returns with the prolific writer, cultural thinker, and epic Twitterer, Roxane Gay.
Roxane Gay isn’t one to be pigeonholed. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, she’s a novelist and cultural critic, and she's the creator of a comic book universe. She’s also the one of the world's foremost commentators on the importance of the Magic Mike films and the Barefoot Contessa's greatest champion.
But perhaps most of all, Roxane is a catalyst for change, and a relentless advocate for using your own passion, empathy and brains to elevate the conversation around race, pop, culture, gender and more.
In the first episode marking the return of Girlboss Radio, Roxane dives into the process of writing her recently-released book Hunger, a memoir of her body, food, and the trauma she experienced after a horrific sexual assault at age 12.
She goes on to discuss the embattled conversations going on about feminism—“I just keep thinking how are we still sitting around thinking about feminism instead of actually doing the work of feminism"—the language we use as a culture to talk about our bodies, and why she sometimes chooses to (brilliantly) call out stupid on Twitter.
How does she do it all? Well, by doing it, of course: “You have to stop listening to all the outside noise. You have to do what you’re going to do. And maybe you’re going to fuck it up. But you’re going to get more things right than you get wrong.”
Don’t miss hearing all of Roxane’s wisdom. Listen to the full episode below.
Words: Deena Drewis