Books

Female Trouble: Why Daphne Du Maurier’s “Rebecca” Still Possesses our Imaginations

What makes Daphne du Maurier’s prose feel fresh and unique to this day is just how real it is in capturing the way women observe.

Queer Pressure: #OwnVoices and What We Demand of Queer Authors

Reading is about learning and reflecting, not reaching out and making demands. Read more »

Dethroning Romance: Angela Chen Archives the Evolution of Asexuality

“I write about how asexuality has become a sexual identity, but it can also be thought of as just a way of living that doesn’t center sex.” Read more »

BitchReads: 13 YA Books Feminists Should Read in September

Welcome to our inaugural YA monthly BitchReads list! Read more »

All Together Now: Novels Fight the Myth of the Mean Girl

These new YA protagonists aren’t afraid of their power or the power that their confidence might instill in readers. Read more »

Unraveling the Tragedy of Heterosexuality

Mutual dislike and violence are not an unfortunate bug in the heteropatriarchal system; they’re fundamental to it. Read more »

To Be Young, Messy, and Black: “Luster” Depicts Millennial Black Girl Angst

Edie refuses to practice tokenism to secure financial, personal, creative, and romantic stability. Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books Feminists Should Read in August

We’re late, we know. Read more »

“Impersonation” Explores a Power Struggle Between Two Feminist Moms

What can a woman and a mother with no money afford to say no to? Read more »

“Aria” Looks at Revolution through the Eyes of Children

Children can act as a conduit for the reader who doesn’t understand something political. Read more »

“The Hierarchies” Imagines a World Where Sex Robots Have Human Impulses

It’s a shocking and eye-opening debut, one that has me looking at my coffee maker a little differently. 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 »

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 »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »