Aug 20, 2014 8:45 AM
It's probably not going to make the required reading list in your Intro to Women's Studies class, but we think that Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist ($11) is a must-have. Gay takes an incredibly controversial and nuanced topic and turns it into a witty, pop-culture referenced conversation with her readers. She talks about loving things that aren't "traditionally" feminist, like the color pink, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines, and Vogue magazine. She brazenly embraces all the parts of herself, especially the parts that aren't so easily labeled, and through her wit, charm, and hilarious essays, encourages women to do the same.