Books

Women in the Picture: The Art Historian Challenging the Western Gaze Through a Feminist Lens

A new book explores the power of artistic imagery from Venus to Beyoncé.

Distressed Damsels: There’s Nothing Accidental about White Feminist Racism

The white self—not the white person as a human being, but as a white person in the society—is built on this myth of morality and goodness surrounded by heathens and disease-ridden savages. Read more »

BitchReads: 9 YA Books Feminists Should Read in November

Through it all though, I’ve found a lot of solace in books. Read more »

Female Trouble: Why Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” Still Possesses our Imaginations

What makes Daphne du Maurier’s prose feel fresh and unique to this day is just how real it is in capturing the way women observe. Read more »

BitchReads: 11 Books Feminists Should Read in October

For those updating their fall reading lists, we have books for everyone. Read more »

Personal Connection: #OwnVoices, Outing, and the Ongoing Quest for Authenticity

Not all authors feel safe, comfortable, or interested in being out to readers about their identities. Read more »

Patient Perspective: Lara Parker, a Wise Friend for Those with Vagina Problems

In order to get help from doctors and be taken seriously, people with endometriosis have to be really vulnerable. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 YA Books Feminists Should Read in October

Let’s escape our current world in favor of one that comforts you. Read more »

Know Our Names: Chanel Miller Shatters Stigma for Asian American Survivors

By recounting her experience, Chanel Miller has helped shatter a norm of silence and stigma in Asian communities. Read more »

Staggering Genius: “The Undocumented Americans” Defies Flattened Migrant Narratives

“As an artist, you have to have a radical vision.” Read more »

Palatable Love: Seeking a Happily Ever After in a White Publishing World

For many diaspora writers, success is predicated on a hefty down payment of writing through the white gaze. Read more »

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Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »

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 »

Know & Tell: The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. Read more »