Books

Policing Parents: Jessamine Chan’s “The School for Good Mothers” Imagines a Carceral State for “Bad” Moms

In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, “The School for Good Mothers,” the question of how to punish bad mothers is answered by the state, in an America not much different from our own.

BitchReads: 13 YA Books Feminists Should Read in September

Welcome to our inaugural YA monthly BitchReads list! Read more »

All Together Now: Novels Fight the Myth of the Mean Girl

These new YA protagonists aren’t afraid of their power or the power that their confidence might instill in readers. Read more »

Unraveling the Tragedy of Heterosexuality

Mutual dislike and violence are not an unfortunate bug in the heteropatriarchal system; they’re fundamental to it. Read more »

To Be Young, Messy, and Black: “Luster” Depicts Millennial Black Girl Angst

Edie refuses to practice tokenism to secure financial, personal, creative, and romantic stability. Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in August

We’re late, we know. Read more »

“Impersonation” Explores a Power Struggle Between Two Feminist Moms

What can a woman and a mother with no money afford to say no to? Read more »

“Aria” Looks at Revolution through the Eyes of Children

Children can act as a conduit for the reader who doesn’t understand something political. Read more »

“The Hierarchies” Imagines a World Where Sex Robots Have Human Impulses

It’s a shocking and eye-opening debut, one that has me looking at my coffee maker a little differently. Read more »

“True Story” and “Fighting Words” Extend the Legacy of “Speak”

Twenty-one years later, we’re still telling similar stories to Speak—and yes, 21 years later, we still need them. Read more »

Meat and Potatoes: In “Tomboyland,” Melissa Faliveno Asks Who Can Explore Queerness

Given Faliveno’s commitment to honesty, there isn’t a moment in Tomboyland that feels chastising or heavy-handed. Read more »

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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 »

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 »