Books

BitchReads: 11 Books Feminists Should Read in October

For those updating their fall reading lists, we have books for everyone.

Iconography: Figuring Fan Fiction

I was twelve or thirteen when I first started reading and writing fan fiction, and I can't see myself stopping any time soon. Fan fiction is not only creative, I haven't simply been a part of great communities, but there are some really interesting dynamics going on with feminist refiguring of... Read more »

Sm{art}: The Women of MoMA

Anthologies are tricky projects to undertake. They are by their nature exclusive, as their purpose is either to further a canon’s creation without challenging it, or... Read more »

Iconography: Ursula K. Le Guin, the Model of a Modern Mythmaker

I love Ursula K. Le Guin's writing so much. Who better with whom to finish our trip into feminist science fiction? And how to pick just a few of her works to write about…?! Read more »

Iconography: Octavia E. Butler and Rewriting the Other

Octavia E. Butler is most likely the best writer I’ve ever encountered. But it’s her incisive, loving explorations of a broken world that will blow your mind wide open. Read more »

Iconography: The Woman No One Saw

I hate to do this, but I'm going to kill a lot of the wonder of James Tiptree, Jr. right from the start. In the late '60s and early '70s, there emerged a man of mystery on the US feminist science fiction scene. He was painfully modest,... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

I've always liked Eleanor Roosevelt because, unlike a lot of other first ladies, even in my dude-heavy history textbooks she was portrayed as having an identity beyond political wifehood. Why, then, did I decide to read a biography that is specifically not about Eleanor on her own, but instead... Read more »

Iconography: The Peony Pavilion

Because I'm a slightly perverse creature, I'm going to start this series about feminist literary icons with a one you've probably never heard of. Written by a man. Featuring a woman who dies of longing when her dreamed-of lover doesn't materialize. Read more »

Bitch in a Box: Books all around!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, chances are you're going to need to buy a gift for someone, and that's where our "Bitch in a Box" series comes in! Between now and the end of the month, Bitch HQ staff and interns will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please... Read more »

Iconography: Let's Get Lit Started

Hello, gentle readers. The good people at Bitch have made a terrible and now, I fear, irrevocable mistake, having hired me to write for you for the next eight weeks. There is an upside, however. I'm going to be writing about the greatest thing in the whole world: literature! So, welcome to this... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Nella Larsen

Although you can count her published works on one hand, Nella Larsen's achievements went beyond literature. She was a head nurse at the Tuskegee Institute, and the first African-American woman to graduate from library school as well as the first to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. But Nella Larsen... Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »