Books

Bye Sharam: Indian Women Are Tapping into the Enduring Power of Memoir

Sharam, or shame, is one of patriarchy’s most powerful weapons, and it begins early.

Naming Fears: Vivek Shraya on Vulnerability as a Tool for Transformation

What if saying “I’m afraid” was just as much of a statement of resilience as “I’m not afraid?” Read more »

Smashing Barriers: Mara Altman and Virgie Tovar On Body Acceptance, Fatphobia, and Imagining a New World for Women

Diet culture is just the newest form of women’s subjugation. Read more »

2018 Was the Summer of the Asian Beach Read

Having access to the “beach read” label feels like acceptance—the ability to reach audiences who might see our work as a source of pleasure instead of education. Read more »

Girl on a Sexist Bandwagon: The Consequences of Publishing’s “Gone Girl” Craze

In these books, certain women are allowed to be messy, make mistakes, and commit heinous crimes while also being presented as anti-heroines who are simply ensnared in systems larger than themselves. Read more »

Moving Past Toxicity: Fighting for a New Vision of Masculinity

What is the masculinity that exists beyond patriarchy? Read more »

Curses and Kitchens: “Jell-O Girls” Looks at the Secret, Sexist History of America’s Classic Dessert

“Jell-O Girls” is at once a memoir, a family history, and an overview of the domestication (and dissolution) of the American kitchen. Read more »

24-hour Women: Drinking to Escape Patriarchy

Alcoholic men are often praised for admitting they have a problem while alcoholic women are shamed. Read more »

Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart on Changing the Narrative of Poverty in Media

Barbara Ehrenreich and Alissa Quart, the brains behind the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, discuss their respective books, the importance of identifying with one another across class, and #MeToo. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read In August

Summer might be ending, but the great books continue. 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 »

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 »