Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Women and Girls

An emphasis on youth, beauty, and looking good is not a new trend in American culture—especially for women and girls. Read more »

Women Prophets: Exalting Religion's Most Controversial Feminists

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy sees women’s lives as theologies. Read more »

Abuse Knows No Gender: “Queering Sexual Violence” Gives Victims a Voice

“Queering Sexual Violence” investigates the roots of sexual violence and outlines the limitations of our mechanisms of response. Read more »

The Powers That Be: Bold Sexuality Takes Center Stage In “Good Booty”

Ann Powers wants us to think more deeply about race, sex, and music. Read more »

No More “Good Girls”: YA needs to get real about reproduction

YA fiction is more and more reflective of the world in which young people actually live, a new normal of characters and storylines encompassing all the complexities of sex, sexuality, and reproductive rights and justice. Read more »

No Religion is Uniform: “Home Fire” Offers a New Vision of Women in Islam

Radicalization has more to do with vulnerability and a feeling of powerlessness than a religious tenet. Read more »

Still Savoring the Taste : Sexism and Scandal Go Together In “Young Jane Young”

Women must reclaim their bodies and identities in the face of public shame. Read more »

“Women in the Qur’an” Makes Islam a Liberation Tool

“Women in the Qur’an” may prove an important contribution to the conversation about Islam and the sociopolitical realities of Muslim women’s lived experience. Read more »

BitchReads: 10 Books You Must Read in August

These 10 new reads explore Nigeria, Brooklyn in the 90’s, a middle school that preaches conformity, and a range of other experiences that will make August one of your favorite months this year. Read more »

Astral Projecting: “AFAR” Beautifully Stretches the Boundaries of Fantasy

The writing debut of comics artist Leila del Duca centers on teenage siblings Boetema and Inotu, whose flaky parents generate constant upheaval in their lives. Read more »

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Hot Under the Bonnet: The cooptation of Amish culture in mass-market fiction

Dubbed “Amish romance novels,” “Amish fiction,” or the more waggish “bonnet rippers,” these novels just one entry point into the varying images of Amish communities in U.S. popular culture. Read more »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »

Mock & Awe: Janet Mock on truth-telling, community building, and writing the story she had been waiting for her whole life.

Mainstream media does a pretty horrendous job of telling the stories of trans people, often focusing on the details of their transition and...

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