Personal-Political Tension: “An American Marriage” Shows How Black Love Survives Injustice

Exploring a massive crisis through the prism of the personal is a vital tradition of Black thought.

“Her Own Hero”: Women’s Self Defense Has a Sordid Anti-Immigrant History

Marginalized folks have signed up for classes in droves following the election of Donald Trump. Read more »

Busting Stereotypes: Native American Women Are More Than Princesses and Squaws

Busting myths about Indigenous women.  Read more »

Orgasming To Liberation: “Vibrator Nation” Celebrates the History of Sex Toys

Dense with historical background and quotes from gender theorists, Vibrator Nation is not light beach reading, nor should it be. Read more »

My Absolute Misogyny: Male Authors Are Still Profiting From Women’s Pain

The use of sexual violence against women for shock value and literary awards is repulsive. Read more »

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” Explores the Ghastly History of Mass Incarceration

Jesmyn Ward has written one of the best books of 2017.  Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books You Must Read in September

The one good thing about fall, outside of cute boots, is the influx of books that are being released. Read more »

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 »

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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 »

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

When I tell people I am a prison abolitionist and that I believe in ending all prisons, they often look at me like I rode in on a...

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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 »