Books

BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in October

Cozy up with a new title this month.

“Caul Baby” Meditates on the Birthing of Black Women’s Lives

The caul bearer is often featured as a prominent figure within mystical and spiritual lore around the world.  Read more »

Not Your Fetish: Trans Erotica Writers Redefine Desirability

Trans people have produced erotica long before 2017 and will continue to do so long after. Read more »

The Act of Naming: “Girlhood” Embraces the Monster Within

We’ll still be called sluts, witches, and harpies, so we may as well rise to the occasion. Read more »

“When Women Invented Television” Revives the Forgotten Women of TV

It’s time to honor the women behind television. Read more »

“Love Is an Ex-Country” Triumphantly Prioritizes the Power of Joy

Joy is a way to heal people and to move forward in a world that’s constantly throwing ridiculous things at us. Read more »

“Libertie” Questions the Nature of Freedom Itself

What does it mean to be free? Read more »

How Do Transracial Adoptees Survive the White Gaze? Just Ask Rebecca Carroll.

Your story is bigger than your adoption. Read more »

“Of Women and Salt” Treats Immigrant Mothers as More Than Martyrs

Gabriela Garcia teaches us that we do migrant women a disservice when we romanticize their struggles. Read more »

With “Justine,” Forsyth Harmon Charts Teen Queerness

Justine may weigh very little, but it’s emotionally heavy. 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 »

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 »

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 »