Books

BitchReads: 13 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read this September

There is so much to read in so little time, which is one of the myriad reasons I love curating the BitchReads list on a (semi)-regular basis.

Less Fear, More Queer: What’s Missing from a New Book on Sex, Shame, and Christianity

Shameless gives queer people little space to talk about their own visions of healthy, spiritual sexuality. Read more »

Prodigal Daughter: Samantha Allen Shines a New Light on Queer Communities in Red States

Queer people are here—or there, as the case may be—and aren’t going away. Read more »

When Faking It Is a Form of Self-Protection

For every op-ed lamenting the “death of the chase,” there’s a literary work that considers the nuanced realities of female sexual experience. Read more »

Shelf Love: How A.N. Devers Created a Feminist Paradise for Bibliophiles

In London’s bustling Soho neighborhood, A.N. Devers’s feminist paradise for bibliophiles is thriving—and changing the way collectors think about the literary canon. Read more »

Toni Morrison Champions the Arts in “The Source of Self-Regard”

Let these Toni Morrison quotes about writers and creators inspire you. Read more »

Toni Morrison Is the Source of Her Own Self-Regard

The Queen of American Letters has again blessed us with a work that is profound, soaring, and intimate. Read more »

“Beloved,” Black Women, and the Limits of Freedom

Beloved is a touchstone for the complexities of today’s Black freedom struggle. Read more »

Set Yourself Free: How Generations of Black Women Have Fought Incarceration

Black women have historically fought constraint and oppression. Read more »

Lane Moore On Surviving Lifelong Loneliness

I wanted to write a book for people like myself because no one writes for us.  Read more »

Plastic Pleasure: Hallie Lieberman On the Liberating Future of Sex Toys

Acceptance of sex toys is not necessarily an acceptance of women’s masturbation. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »