On top of every other pressure that women feel in our society, we can be hampered by the challenge of try to live up perfectly to our feminist ideals. As Roxane Gay wrote in her excellent book Bad Feminist, “In truth, feminism is flawed because it is a movement powered by people and people are inherently flawed.” Gay was a guest for a discussion about the realities of practicing feminism with regular hosts Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond in what was a very auspicious beginning to the new Dear Sugar Radio podcast. They took a woman’s letter about recovering from an abusive relationship as a jumping off point for a broader discussion of the tension between being human and trying to be a perfect feminist. It’s well worth an hour of your time.
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