Melissa Duclos received her MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, and now works as a freelance writer and editor, and writing instructor. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Cleaver Magazine, Fiction Advocate, Pound of Flash, Mommyish, BookTrib, and is forthcoming in Blue Skirt Productions. Her first novel, Besotted, is a work of literary fiction set in Shanghai, for which she is seeking representation. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Is Being Unlikable a Feminist Act?

In her essay “Bad Feminist: Take One” from the collection Bad Feminist , Roxane Gay discusses the pressures facing women to be “good,” saying: Good women are charming, polite, and unobtrusive. … Good women are modest, chaste, pious, submissive.…
By Melissa Duclos