Crushed Blackademics: The Case for Black Women to Ditch Academia

Edith Vane suffers the whips and scorns of academia in a world where tenure is an illusion. Read more »

“Abandon Me” Highlights How Abuse Hides In Queer Relationships

Abandon Me proves unequivocally that there must be room in the literary canon for the complexity of women’s stories on erotic fixation and loss. Read more »

Baby Fever : “The Art of Waiting” Captures the Pain of Infertility

Belle Boggs handles infertility through a nuanced and empathetic lens that’s attuned to issues of social justice. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books You Should Read In July

There’s a memoir that’s funny as hell, a deep dive into an iconic comic book character, and even a fantasy. Read more »

Ruling the Seas: “Pirate Women” Celebrates the Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers History Has Left Behind

The few women pirates we know are briefly sketched side characters in male-driven stories. Read more »

Transcending Genre: “The Boss” Brings Womanism To Urban Literature

The book seems to be about sexy, scantily clad women, but the core theme is wealth redistribution. Read more »

Channeling Audre: Janet Mock Opens Up About Her Memoir, Sex Work, and Being An Icon

Janet Mock is no longer offering a 101 master class on trans identity. Read more »

Disturbing the Priest: 5 Passages from “Priestdaddy” That Had Me Rolling in the Pews

Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priestdaddy is the funniest book I have read this year. Read more »

Roxane Gay’s “Hunger” Will Satiate You: On Fat, Trauma, and the World of Longing

Roxane Gay’s newest work, Hunger, a memoir of her body, is told in her signature style: boldly vulnerable. Read more »

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Know & Tell: The literary renaissance of trans women writers

“By morning a familyof baffled new bodiescaress one another in the sun& each by each,we teach...

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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 »

Kelly Link Discusses the Feminist Fairy Tales of Angela Carter

The new cover for The Bloody Chamber and Kelly Link, who wrote the introduction for the latest edition. A reluctant... 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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