Books

Staying Soft: Megan Giddings Explores the Hypervigilance of Black Women in “Lakewood”

The participants—nearly all people of color—break bones and lose teeth to help advance the future of science and healthcare.

Paranormal Boyfriends, Purity Myths, and Practical Virgins: The Literature of Losing It

Being abstinent in these books is not empowering for female characters; instead, it’s a consequence of decisions enforced by their male counterparts.  Read more »

“What Kind of Girl” Flips the Teen Domestic Violence YA Narrative on Its Head

High school is still high school and teenagers still struggle to understand how abuse happens. Read more »

BitchReads: 27 Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020

We’ve already published our most-anticipated lists of nonfiction and young-adult books, but this one, featuring 27 adult novels, is special. Read more »

Snow Thank You: “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes” Can’t Redeem a Villain

Redemption has to be earned; attempting to retcon it through a perilous backstory is always a dicey proposition. Read more »

We Were Seeds: 10 Stories to Read to Understand the “American Dirt” Controversy

Latinx writers (and those who support them) are being incredibly vocal about the harm this book has caused. Read more »

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. Read more »

BitchReads: 17 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read in 2020

Well-researched and well-written nonfiction books, like the 17 on this list, leave us with more information than we came in with. Read more »

“Boys & Sex” is Groundbreaking, But Leaves Gaps for Queer Boys

Boys & Sex is a timely and relevant read in our current political and cultural context. Read more »

BitchReads: 25 YA Novels Feminists Should Read in 2020

2020 has some of the most exciting and vibrant YA new releases. Read more »

BitchReads: 9 Essay Collections Feminists Should Read in 2020

Writing an essay collection requires an enhanced level of self-interrogation as well as an ability to weave myriad ideas together through a single theme. Read more »

Pages

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 »

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 »

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 »