Books

BitchReads: 17 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read in 2020

Well-researched and well-written nonfiction books, like the 17 on this list, leave us with more information than we came in with.

“Girls and Their Cats” and The Future of Cat Ladies

“I definitely think that the qualities people don’t like in cats are the same qualities that men especially don’t particularly like in women: that we’re independent, that we don’t need them.” Read more »

Close to Home: Donna Freitas on the Stalking Professor Who Irrevocably Changed Her Life

“It’s just a relief not to be alone with it anymore.” Read more »

What Do We Do with “Good Boys?”

“The internet really flattens a lot of conversations that require a lot of nuance.” Read more »

Stop Steaming Your Vagina and Other Wisdom from Dr. Jen Gunter

The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine  tackles every old wives’ tale you heard as a teen. Read more »

Extremely Seen: “Awards for Good Boys” Author Shelby Lorman on Influencer Culture

“People think that I am ‘good’ or ‘better’ than because of the work I make, so I feel like I have to remind people that I’m an asshole. This is just my job.” Read more »

Better Call Carrie: Meet the Lawyer Fighting Online Abuse, One Creep at a Time

Carrie Goldberg’s law firm makes it their business to unearth online victimizers. And business is booming. Read more »

Be the Monster: Sady Doyle Draws a Macabre Road Map of Female Monstrosity

Throughout history, patriarchal social norms have dictated an acceptable set of standards—mental, physical, relational, sexual—that non-cisgender men must conform to. Read more »

Annabel Gat on Astrology, Heartbreak, and Embracing the Unknown

It’s not so much about our birth or the stars dictating how we love, flirt, and fuck. Instead it’s about wanting to understand the hows and whys of the ways we navigate our relationships. Read more »

7 Books by Queer Black Writers to Read in Honor of James Baldwin’s Birthday

Today, more LGBTQ Black authors are carving out the space that James Baldwin helped craft. Read more »

Pleasure as Praxis: adrienne maree brown on Human Error, Longing, and the Power of Prioritizing Love

Capitalism often tricks us into functioning from a place of scarcity, where longing for pleasure is the most we can aspire to. But what if we could tap into our desires in small ways every day? 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 »

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 »

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 »