Books

In the Muck: With “In the Dream House,” Carmen Machado Archives Queer Women’s Pain

“Our culture does not have an investment in helping queer folks understand what their experiences mean.”

Victims Owe Us Nothing: Chanel Miller Reclaims Her Story and Identity in “Know My Name”

Chanel Miller’s weaving of her day-to-day life with the lingering trauma of her assault illustrates the singular way sexual-assault victims are asked to move through the world. Read more »

Jeannie Vanasco on Processing Rape by Writing About It

“The thing I felt most afraid of was publishing this and having feminists read it and be disappointed in me.” Read more »

“Unpregnant” Offers a Radical Normalization of Abortion and Reproductive Health

Even in a time where reproductive choice is in terrifying peril, it’s still possible to feel empowered in our choices­­—including the choice to laugh. Read more »

New Canon: A Roundtable about Travel Writing without the Other

Literature about traveling and adventure has a long history of evoking an Orientalist imaginary of Asia as perpetually exotic and dominable. Read more »

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. Read more »

“Girls and Their Cats” and The Future of Cat Ladies

“I definitely think that the qualities people don’t like in cats are the same qualities that men especially don’t particularly like in women: that we’re independent, that we don’t need them.” Read more »

Close to Home: Donna Freitas on the Stalking Professor Who Irrevocably Changed Her Life

“It’s just a relief not to be alone with it anymore.” Read more »

What Do We Do with “Good Boys?”

“The internet really flattens a lot of conversations that require a lot of nuance.” Read more »

Stop Steaming Your Vagina and Other Wisdom from Dr. Jen Gunter

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine  tackles every old wives’ tale you heard as a teen. Read more »

Extremely Seen: “Awards for Good Boys” Author Shelby Lorman on Influencer Culture

“People think that I am ‘good’ or ‘better’ than because of the work I make, so I feel like I have to remind people that I’m an asshole. This is just my job.” 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »