Books

Corseted Up: Victorian Ideals Are Still Binding up Women

A woman who meets the world with intensity is a woman who endures lashes of shame and disapproval.

"Orphan Black" is the Sci-Fi Thriller I've Been Waiting For.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if the most popular sci-fi on television didn’t involve a ton of misogyny? And had real, complex female characters? I’m looking at you, ... Read more »

In Memoir "The End of Eve," Ariel Gore Breaks Down Myths About Moms and Daughters

Author Ariel Gore, the long-time publisher of Hip Mama, has a new memoir about the death of her mother.  Like many, people I discovered writer Ariel Gore when another mother handed me her beloved first edition of... Read more »

In "Under the Skin," Scarlett Johansson Subverts Her Vivacious Reputation

In most tales of alien infiltration, the extraterrestrial life force arrives heavily armed: death rays, mysterious pods, killer black ooze, and the like. In unsetting and surreal sci-fi film Under the Skin, Scarlett... Read more »

New YA Book "Great" is a Gender-Swapped Retelling of "The Great Gatsby"

Riffing off her high school love of The Great Gatsby, comedian Sara Benincasa penned a female-focused retelling for teens. Read more »

Seven New Comics Hand-Picked for Their Greatness

The pile of great new comics next to my bed has gotten dangerously high. It’s seriously teetering and about to collapse on the cereal bowl that I should have moved days ago. The problem is that artists and small publishing houses have put out a bunch of excellent comics in the past few months—here... Read more »

Poets on Pop Culture: Three New Feminist Poetry Books that Deal With Reality TV, Shopping, and Rihanna

April is National Poetry Month, a perfect excuse to spend some time today reading some interesting new feminist poems. Read more »

A Great Artist Kills His Wife—Now She's Just a Quirky Footnote in His History

Poet Joan Vollmer was killed by her husband, William S. Burroughs, before she even turned 30.  This year is the hundredth anniversary of the birth of celebrated novelist William S. Burroughs. The date, as centenaries do, occasioned new biographies and appreciations. Read more »

Sex Work is Work: A Conversation with Melissa Gira Grant

Sex worker movements are intersectional movements by necessity. Read more »

Women Make Up More than Half of Mystery Writers—But Get Criminally Few Reviews

I read a lot of crime fiction. Like many avid readers, I look back at the end of the year to see which books made the greatest impression on me and share my top 10 online. This year, I... Read more »

Everyone Deserves a Happy Ending: Seeking Romance Novels Featuring LGBTQ Characters

Recently, I talked with Indian-American romance novel author Suleikha Snyder about her work writing romance tales starring people of color. “Don’t... 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 »

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 »