Books

Writing Toward Truth: Bassey Ikpi’s New Book Reckons with the Lies Mental Illness Weaves

“…the lie that sustained itself for so long becomes true in its own way. It becomes a part of the story.”

My Absolute Misogyny: Male Authors Are Still Profiting From Women’s Pain

The use of sexual violence against women for shock value and literary awards is repulsive. Read more »

“Sing, Unburied, Sing” Explores the Ghastly History of Mass Incarceration

Jesmyn Ward has written one of the best books of 2017.  Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Books You Must Read in September

The one good thing about fall, outside of cute boots, is the influx of books that are being released. Read more »

Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Women and Girls

An emphasis on youth, beauty, and looking good is not a new trend in American culture—especially for women and girls. Read more »

Women Prophets: Exalting Religion's Most Controversial Feminists

And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy sees women’s lives as theologies. Read more »

Abuse Knows No Gender: “Queering Sexual Violence” Gives Victims a Voice

“Queering Sexual Violence” investigates the roots of sexual violence and outlines the limitations of our mechanisms of response. Read more »

The Powers That Be: Bold Sexuality Takes Center Stage In “Good Booty”

Ann Powers wants us to think more deeply about race, sex, and music. Read more »

No More “Good Girls”: YA needs to get real about reproduction

YA fiction is more and more reflective of the world in which young people actually live, a new normal of characters and storylines encompassing all the complexities of sex, sexuality, and reproductive rights and justice. Read more »

No Religion is Uniform: “Home Fire” Offers a New Vision of Women in Islam

Radicalization has more to do with vulnerability and a feeling of powerlessness than a religious tenet. Read more »

Still Savoring the Taste : Sexism and Scandal Go Together In “Young Jane Young”

Women must reclaim their bodies and identities in the face of public shame. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »