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.

Rave On: Julia Serano on Daring to Be Bad

“Rave On” is the Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. This edition features writer, performer, activist, and biologist Julia Serano on Daring to Be Bad: Radical Feminism in... Read more »

Rave On: Jennifer Baumgardner on The Girls Who Went Away

Welcome to “Rave On,” a new Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Our series kicks off with writer Jennifer Baumgardner, who raves about The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History... Read more »

Book Review: The Daddy Shift

Much of the feminist movement has been wrapped in a maternal bow. Suffrage was sold to naysayers as a way to give mothers a say in government, not to mention the view that women would clean up politics. Organizations like Moms Rising and CODEPink appeal to women as caregivers and moms for ending... Read more »

I Can Has Feminizm?

Is there a better way to spend a summer weekend than by kicking back with a good book? This week’s feminizt LOLz don’t think so! These two kittehs recommend Sisterhood is Powerful by Robin Morgan. An... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Gertrude Berg, screenwriter and television pioneer

Credited with inventing the family sitcom, a successful, decade-spanning career in television and radio, author of over 10,000 scripts, and a mother on-screen and off, Gertrude Berg is “the most famous woman in America you’ve never heard of.” Read more »

Reading Rainbow Redux: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Bible! By Jonathan Goldstein

Earlier today some people were discussing their love of the show Reading Rainbow in the Bitch comments section, and I was inspired to do my own Rainbow-style book review. Here are some of my thoughts on... Read more »

What Colonialism Needs is a Little More Bling

Richard Bernstein thinks Asian women are attracted to Western men because they think colonialism is glamorous. And here I thought it was an exploitation thing. Read more »

Women In Search of a Voice: An Interview with Kate Walbert, Author of <i>A Short History of Women</i>

Bitch is proud to announce our new book lovin’ blog, Bibliobitch! To kick off our foray into the land of literature, here is an interview with author Kate Walbert by Bitch contributor Sarah Seltzer. Stay tuned for more, you bitchy bookworms, you. Kate Walbert’s new novel... Read more »

Sarah Haskins' Book Club

Besides shooting Infomania at Current.com, writing and pitching a screenplay, contributing to the Post and... Read more »

Desiring Poetry in the Afterlife: Goodbye Kamala Das

The late Kamala Das' poetic words of female sexuality and desire stirred the world. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »