Rough draft of an introduction
Topic: Careless Language of sexual violence
Roxane Gay teaches fiction and nonfiction, creative writing at Purdue University. Gay is the author of several books, most recently Hunger: A memoir of (My) Body (2017), as well as one of the writers of the comic book World of Wakanda, which helped inspire the 2018 film, Black Panter. Her writer frequently examines topics related to race and ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and identity. As the daughter of Haitian immigrants to the United States, she is also concerned with the immigrant experience and the ways Americans do and don't understand other cultures and societies. She served as the founding Essays Edior for the Rumpus, an online literary magazine, where this essay first appeared in 2011; it was later anthologized in her best-selling 2016 collection, Bad Feminist. In the essays in that volume, she writes about her own experience of being gang raped at age twelve, all though she does not mention that episode here. Gay's language the tone she chooses as well as her claims: that the language we often use about sexual violence is misdirected, encouraging us to ignore what is really going on.
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