Books

Three Lives Intertwined: “A Burning” Challenges Islamophobia and Political Neglect

The violence of the crowd and the violence of poverty don’t simply happen; they’re created and maintained by the decision-making of those in power.

Staying Soft: Megan Giddings Explores the Hypervigilance of Black Women in “Lakewood”

The participants—nearly all people of color—break bones and lose teeth to help advance the future of science and healthcare. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in March

Reading can be such a relief in such strenuous times. Read more »

Playing for Freedom: Welcome to the Queer Gaming Revolution

The queer games avant-garde is a rising tide of indie games being developed by, about, and often for LGBTQ people. Read more »

Stephanie Wrobel on Writing a Monstrous Mother

We have less sympathy for perpetrators when their illness hurts someone else.  Read more »

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh Is Widening Our Understanding of Street Harassment

Women have been talking about our experiences with every form of sexual violence since the dawn of time. Read more »

Amanda Leduc and Fantasy Authors Challenge the Trope of “Broken” Disabled People

Fairy tales and their contemporary counterparts—superhero tales, science fiction, fantasy—shape our collective ideas about what it means to be powerful and beautiful.  Read more »

Escapist Young Adult Novels Offer a Breath of Fresh Air in the Current Political Climate

These stories are escapist fiction—literature that doesn’t explicitly focus on the social and political issues in our real world, allowing the reader to temporarily forget about them and fall into the story. Read more »

Corseted Up: Victorian Ideals Are Still Binding up Women

A woman who meets the world with intensity is a woman who endures lashes of shame and disapproval. Read more »

Women of a Certain Rage: Two New Books Tackle Getting Older—and More Pissed Off

 Like aging itself, Why We Can’t Sleep and In Our Prime are both reflective and daunting. Read more »

Judged Judy: Judy Blume’s 40 Years Old Fight to Tell the Truth about Sex, Religion, and Turtles

For refusing to condescend to her readers in the face of physical harassment and threats of nonpublication, Blume has been, regardless of whether it was her intention, a protector of intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. Read more »

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Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »

Demanding the Impossible: Walidah Imarisha Talks About Science Fiction and Social Change

Before she was a poet, journalist, documentary filmmaker, anti-prison activist, and college instructor, Walidah Imarisha was fascinated... Read more »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »