Books

Alisson Wood Reclaims Her Power in “Being Lolita”

“My voice is my power, and I’m now able to share this with other women and make them feel like they’re not alone.”

A New Fairy Tale: “One to Watch” Imagines a Fat Bachelorette

Kate Stayman-London beautifully pulls back the curtain on what fat women in particular endure, not only when attempting to find love, but also in simply existing. Read more »

Valorizing Purity: What White Women Gain from Racial Hatred

Women have often been written out of the history of hate and related phenomena. Read more »

Haunted Housewife: The Horror—and the Humor—of Shirley Jackson

As both writer and housewife, she embodied identities that were incompatible according to the norms of her time. Read more »

Trauma or Tragedy: Disability Representation in Children’s Books Has a Long Way to Go

It isn’t easy to find a children’s book or young adult novel that accurately depicts disability. Read more »

Woman-Made World: Inside the Inevitable Rise of the Feminist City

There are ways to transform the city that would advance the liberation of women and marginalized people. Read more »

Rebekah Weatherspoon Is the Queen of Erotic Romance

If you want to read romances with a bit more erotic heat to them, look no further than Rebekah Weatherspoon. Read more »

BitchReads: 17 Books Feminists Should Read in July

 This BitchReads list is curated to encourage everyone to find the small joys, including books, that will help us through this trying time. Read more »

Unabashed Triumph: “You Should See Me in a Crown” Reimagines the Prom Queen

This is a book that, at its core, offers hope. Read more »

Slaying the Girlboss: New Books Explore the Underbelly of Corporate Feminism

Against differing backdrops, Andrea Bartz and Leah Stein offer their own look into the darker underbelly of these easily marketable spaces. Read more »

A Multifaceted Beauty: In Emma Dabiri’s “Twisted,” Black Hair Is Both Historic and Personal

Emma Dabiri’s analysis also shines in its unexpected critique of today’s natural hair movement in an international context. 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 »

Eat, Pray, Spend: Priv-Lit and the New, Enlightened American Dream

Even as reports on joblessness, economic recovery, and home foreclosures suggest that no one is immune to risk during this recession, the popularity of women’s wellness media has persisted and, indeed, grown stronger.  Read more »

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 »