Books

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.

Toni Morrison Is the Source of Her Own Self-Regard

The Queen of American Letters has again blessed us with a work that is profound, soaring, and intimate. Read more »

“Beloved,” Black Women, and the Limits of Freedom

Beloved is a touchstone for the complexities of today’s Black freedom struggle. Read more »

Set Yourself Free: How Generations of Black Women Have Fought Incarceration

Black women have historically fought constraint and oppression. Read more »

Lane Moore On Surviving Lifelong Loneliness

I wanted to write a book for people like myself because no one writes for us.  Read more »

Plastic Pleasure: Hallie Lieberman On the Liberating Future of Sex Toys

Acceptance of sex toys is not necessarily an acceptance of women’s masturbation. Read more »

The Misguided Pursuit of “Better” Manhood at American Fraternities

The dominant narrative around fraternities has long been one of peer pressure, blackout drinking, and cruel hazing rituals. So why are so many male students, especially white ones, as excited as ever to join them? Read more »

Preparing for a Post-Roe America: A Q&A with Robin Marty

Robin Marty’s Handbook for Post-Roe America is the resource guide for anyone who wants to dedicate their time, money, energy—or all of the above—to keeping abortion accessible in this country while it’s legal, and even if it’s not. Read more »

“Maid” and the Resurgence of Hardship Memoirs

Stephanie Land doesn’t frame her story as an inspiring tale of bootstrapping, a blueprint for others, or evidence that grit and determination are all it takes to escape poverty. Read more »

Oh, the Places Rage Will Take You: “Last Woman Standing” Reckons with Comedy’s Predators

As a culture, are we fully invested in seeking justice for women who have suffered at the hands of men? Read more »

Face the Strange: Dani Shapiro Maps Her Family Secrets in “Inheritance”

“All my life, I had known there was a secret,” Dani Shapiro writes. “What I hadn’t known: the secret was me.”  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 »

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 »

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 »