Roxane Gay and Eline Lund Fjæren
What kind of a feminist are you if you like rap songs with sexist lyrics, or think that certain jobs, like taking out the trash, is a man’s job? What if your view of the world is based on the experiences of black women, or those of working class, queer or transgendered women, and by that breaks with the way that the white middle class says a feminist is “supposed to be”?
Roxane Gay’s collection of essays, Bad Feminist, flew right into The New York Times’ best seller list when it was published in 2014. Her sharp, vulnerable and funny voice has been applauded across genres. She is a visiting Professor at Yale University, she writes fiction, and as a columnist for The New York Times, she has been one of the most distinct voices in the American “Me too”-debate. Gay is also one of the creators of the Marvel comic World of Wakanda. In her memoir Hunger, she explores the underlying causes of her own overweight: a trauma after being gang raped at twelve.
Eline Lund Fjæren has also explored abuses of power, sexual assault and gender roles in her writing. And like Gay, she has critically explored the term “feminist”. She will meet Gay in conversation.