Books

A New Fairy Tale: “One to Watch” Imagines a Fat Bachelorette

Kate Stayman-London beautifully pulls back the curtain on what fat women in particular endure, not only when attempting to find love, but also in simply existing.

Intentionally Hidden: Mia Mercado’s “Weird but Normal” Honors Shame

“The idea of female sexuality is scary to a lot of people.” Read more »

Without Condition: In “Fairest,” Meredith Talusan Dreams of Freedom from Others’ Perception

“My gender and race reflected on each other like a dizzying hall of distorted mirrors.” Read more »

Eating the Poison: “Sin Eater” Turns Shame into a Superpower

The most important thing is what you think of yourself, even if you’re in a terrible situation; that kind of self-worth is where everything else begins. Read more »

There Is an Art to Showing up—and Rachel Wilkerson Miller Has Mastered It

“You have to take care of yourself first. And that doesn’t make you selfish.” Read more »

Girl Likes Girl: Lindsay Sproul Queers the Mean Girl in YA

Lindsay Sproul spoke to Bitch about crafting a shitty lesbian teen character. Read more »

Remember and Resolve: Choice Is Central to “The Opposite of Fate”

Every choice we make is influenced by everything that has come to bear in our own lives and on our own belief systems. Read more »

Her Own Terms: “Brown Album” is Porochista Khakpour’s Ode to the Others of Society

“Brown Album” clarifies who Porochista Khakpour considers her audience to be: those who have been othered in the United States of America. Read more »

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in May

It’s difficult to focus on anything, including pop culture, given that we’re in the midst of a life-altering pandemic—and that’s perfectly okay. Read more »

Two Funny Moms Get Real about the Goriness of Having a Baby

“There’s No Manual” informs without scaremongering and advises without judging 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 »

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 »