Books

Policing Parents: Jessamine Chan’s “The School for Good Mothers” Imagines a Carceral State for “Bad” Moms

In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel, “The School for Good Mothers,” the question of how to punish bad mothers is answered by the state, in an America not much different from our own.

How Media Moved the Goalposts on Women's Football: An Excerpt from “Hail Mary: The Rise and Fall of the National Women's Football League”

Women’s football had to take what media coverage it could get. What it got wasn’t good. Read more »

Essentialist Thinking: "Femlandia" Provokes, but Doesn't Push Past the Gender Binary

The insistent classification of Rooney’s work as Marxist has long felt like a stretch. Read more »

Resurrecting Selena: "Dreaming of You" Is a Lyrical Journey Through Grief

Some things aren’t meant to be revived. Read more »

Beauty Marked: “Made-Up” Explores the Addictive Power of Artifice

“Sometimes, to feel at peace, all you need is for someone to tell you what to buy,” writes author Daphné B. Read more »

"Carefree Black Girls" Treats Black Women As Art

“The inspiration for the phrase and concept #CarefreeBlackGirl was the fact that, at that moment, I wasn’t feeling very carefree.” Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in October

Cozy up with a new title this month. Read more »

Soul Survivor: Tarana Burke's "Unbound" Brings #MeToo Back to Its Roots

Burke continues a tradition of Black feminist thought that centers Black girls and women. Read more »

Love Is the Drug: “Crazy For You” Puts a Societal Lens on Love and Sex Addiction

Reframing the way we think about love and sex can change our lives.  Read more »

Socialist Anxiety: Sally Rooney’s New Novel Reveals an Author Trapped By Herself

The insistent classification of Rooney’s work as Marxist has long felt like a stretch. Read more »

BitchReads: 11 Books Feminists Should Read in September

Greet fall with these upcoming titles. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »