Ep 16 League Induction: Roxane Gay

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Roxane Gay was inducted in Episode 16: She-roes (31:57 mins)

It was only a matter of time before Roxane Gay became part of our League here at TOFemCo. Her remarkably funny and popular book of essays, Bad Feminist, was the first selection for our book club, and we all share an absolute love for her and her writing.

Roxane Gay was recently hired as the first black woman to write for Marvel and since then has done a spin off of Black Panther titled World of Wakanda with fellow artist and writer Yona Harvey. As a new comic book series, World of Wakanda revolves around the world of two black queer women, Ayo and Aneka, who are part of an all-female fighting force. Ayo and Aneka are also lovers, and former bodyguards to Black Panther, the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appearing in 1966. Gay is helping to create the image of the black, queer AND female hero. She is making leaps and bounds in the world of literature and now in the world of Marvel, and is designing a future where millions of little black and queer kids can hopefully, one day, see themselves represented equally.

Recently in an interview with online magazine The Rumpus, Gay was asked about characters in her new book Difficult Women and how their race did not appear to be discernible. She responded, “why do you assume their race isn’t easily discernible? Probably because you assume, like most people, that whiteness is the default. Let me be clear—whiteness is not the default in my fiction.” Yeah, she’s pretty badass.

As mentioned recently on our blog column 'This Week In Feminist News', in another moment of bravery, Gay decided to terminate her book deal with Simon and Schuster when they made the terrible and misguided choice to sign with the racist and all-around terrible Milo Yiannopoulos.

The examples Roxane Gay has set in her career are not moves you see very often. It is evident that these choices are not about money or fame, but rather a genuine drive to empower and represent other women and people of colour. She is in many ways our hero and part of what makes us better feminists. 

We can’t wait to to see what else is in store from Roxane Gay, and we are so honoured to now officially induct her into our League.

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