BitchReads: 13 Books Feminists Should Read in March

Reading can be such a relief in such strenuous times.

Hot Off the Small Press

As summer is quickly coming to a close, take some time to bask in the sun and soak in a good book. Here are some short, sweet, stellar reads for the rest of August, all works are recent releases from independent publishers.  Read more »

Fed Up With a Lack of Diverse Children's Books, Queer Parents Write Their Own

Once upon a time, Bear Bergman was reading to his four-year-old son Stanley before bed. His husband had ordered a big new stack of books that included queer characters. Read more »

"Friendship" Captures What Life is Like—For Youngish, Privileged New Yorkers, At Least

Before this week, I had no idea who Emily Gould was. I’d read her name once or twice before, but I managed to make it 32 years on earth blissfully unaware of the ongoing controversy... Read more »

Ariel Schrag Discusses Her New Novel, Adam

Ariel Schrag started her career making autobiographical comics in high school. Her comics exploring her life and queer identity articulated in a deft style what it feels like to grow up as a misfit. Her debut text-... Read more »

Why Do We Have So Few Mother-Daughter Stories?

There are several fascinating elements at play in poet Rachel Zucker’s new memoir MOTHERs, which came out in December from ... Read more »

Dykes, Direct Action, and Eating Fire: A History of the Lesbian Avengers

Kelly Cogswell’s new book details the origins of the Lesbian Avengers—seen at left eating fire at an Dyke March in the early 1990s (photo by Carolina Kroon). Before reading Kelly Cogswell’s book ... Read more »

This Jane Austen Adaptation for the YouTube Generation is Actually Wonderful

I don’t know if it’s a truth universally acknowledged that a woman in possession of a box set of Austen novels must pass on her love of Pride and Prejudice to her children, but it was certainly true in my family.  Read more »

The Surprising Emotional Core of "The Fault in Our Stars"

Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort star as teens whose story inspired an infinite pile of Tumblr fan art.    In the last year, it seems like movie studios have learned that audiences actually want... Read more »

The Two Halves of "Under the Skin"

I first learned about Under the Skin through my inbox. I got a press release about the eerie, ethereal soundtrack by Mica Levi. Read more »

Why Does Our Society Undervalue Domestic Work?

We just assume, in the United States and abroad, that there will be someone to do all of the cooking, all of the cleaning, all of the care work for very little pay or no pay at all. 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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. Read more »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... Read more »