” The story of my body is not a tale of victory ,” Roxane Gay writes in her new memoir, Hunger , which writes June 13.” This is not a weight-loss memoir .”
Instead, Gay — the author of Difficult Women, Bad Feminist em> and An Untamed State — explores her are relevant to her body before and after the sexual violence that would rattle her youth.
Gay discussed her new volume Monday on” The Daily Show With Trevor Noah .”
” As a comic, I’ve made a lot of fat gags ,” Noah said in his conversation with Gay. So he was intent on listening to what Gay told me about her experiences rather than continues to liken fatness with travesty.
Gay explained that she often feels uncomfortable on aircrafts, at movie theater and even at her own book ratifies, where readers and devotees have offered her unsolicited weight-loss advice.
” At the grocery store, people build commentary about what they see in your cart ,” Gay told.” You don’t fit in “the worlds”, oftentimes. The world is not really interested in creating a space for you to fit .”
Gay likewise shared a story from her childhood, when she was gang raped at persons under the age of 12, before she was old enough to understand what happened to her.
” It was so unexpected ,” Gay said.” I only thought,’ I want to be stronger. I want to be bigger .’ … It was a deliberate choice .”
Hunger isn’t her first experience with discussing assault and its aftermath. For The Rumpus online literary magazine, she wrote about the careless language of sexual violence and other essays based on her experiences.
In Hunger , she writes,” I eat and consume and eat in the hopes that if I attained myself big, my body would be safe .” This feeling courses throughout the book, which is subtitled A Memoir of( My) Body .
On” The Daily Show ,” describing her motives for writing the book, Gay mentioned,” I wanted to tell the story of my body, because when you’re fat in “the worlds”, people have assumptions. They assume you’re stupid . … I think it’s important to show what it’s actually like to live in this world in a fat torso .”