Books

BitchReads: 13 Graphic Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020

Whether you’re on the search for a light and fun read, or a heavy and political one, you’ll find a graphic novel worth reading in 2020.

Nerve Endings Signals New Beginnings for Trans Erotica: Tobi Hill-Meyer Transforms Narratives in Trans Erotic Lit

In Tobi Hill-Meyer’s anthology collection, Nerve Endings: The New Trans Erotic, 30 writers set out to create a new way to think about transgender erotica by grounding the genre in how trans people actually have sex. Read more »

Get Out of Gilead: Anti-Blackness in “The Handmaid’s Tale”

The Handmaid’s Tale remains silent on the central feature of American history, anti-blackness, while it takes from the oppression of Black women and applies it indiscriminately to white women. Read more »

The Complexities of Cure Culture : An Interview with Eli Clare on Cure, Diagnosis, and a Crip Writing Practice

I want us to turn our backs on normal. I want us to build and practice a body politics that is as complicated and contradictory as our body-minds. Otherwise we will never find liberation. Read more »

Disability is Not a Deficit and Other Truths in an Ableist World: A Review of Brilliant Imperfection: Grappling with Cure

What would our lives, movements, and communities look like if we moved towards restoration, not cure? Read more »

Creating a Lush World of Trans Woman Literature: An Interview with Writer and Fierce Trans Femme, Kai Cheng Thom

So on the one hand, famous trans writers are elevated into this intensely fetishized status, and then on the other, they’re taken down and exiled for not being good enough. Read more »

Street of Miracles: In Kai Cheng Thom's New Novel, Trans Femmes of Color Save Each Other

Thom maps the Street of Miracle’s inter-community contours, where there’s sisterhood, protection, and deep love—and also jealousy, internalized oppression, political differences, different amounts of privilege, and lovers quarrels. Read more »

Reading Chimamanda Adichie Today: On Racism and transphobia in feminism

I had to wonder how Adichie’s recent responses to trans folks failed her own feminist politics in her new book, Dear Ijeawele. Read more »

Seven Women’s History Month Books for Youngsters, Young Adults, and Grown-Ups

Here are seven picks to kick-start a youngster’s interest in women’s history, STEM, and sports—or to keep the fire burning for a grown-up! Read more »

Morgan Parker’s New Collection Is a Complex Tribute to Black Women

Morgan Parker’s book is an exciting contribution to the rich legacy of Black feminist art, literature, poetry, and music. Read more »

Popaganda: Who Writes Our History?

History isn’t static—it’s the stories we tell ourselves about the past. And that story changes depending on who’s doing the telling.   Read more »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »