Leah Vernon Won’t Be Hemmed in by the Fashion Industry

The fat, Black, Muslim, blogger speaks truth to power on her Instagram account, in her new book, and in this raw, honest interview.

"Before Midnight" is a Refreshing Rejection of Happily Ever After Romance

  Audiences have been waiting eighteen years for Celine and Jesse—the stars of Richard Linklater’s 1995 romantic classic Before Sunrise—to become an item. But... Read more »

A Short List of Great Resources for Racial Diversity in Young Adult Sci-Fi

This is my last post on the Girls of Color in Dystopia guest blog series. I’ve read nearly 40 books just for this series and was disappointed (but, sadly, not surprised) to realize just how many of them have few to... Read more »

Four Brand New Woman-Created Comics You Should Acquire Immediately

Spring has felt like a blockbuster season for great new comics from my favorite artists. Read more »

Two YA Authors Explore Life After the Bomb

  We all know (or should) about the horrific effects of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Authors Ellen Oh and Julianna Baggott both draw from this sickening point in history to explore even more dystopic aftermaths of post-bomb life.   Read more »

Marvel Debuts a New Series: The All-Women X-Men

For months, I eagerly awaited the arrival of Marvel’s all-women series X-Men #1. I wasn’t sure what to expect: would the all-woman series be marketed as a comic for girls or just... Read more »

Racial Diversity in Nickelodeon's Golden Age

To anyone being raised in the 90s, whether as a kid or teenager, the new book ... Read more »

Race & Body Issues in Nalo Hopkinson's "The Chaos"

When I first picked up Nalo Hopkinson’s The Chaos last summer, I thought, “Finally! A book with a young woman of color as the protagonist!” Of course... Read more »

Star Trek Into Feminism: Three Ways the Sci-Fi Series Needs to Change

Star Trek has a reputation. For almost fifty years, the disempowered and the marginalized and the outcasts have held up Star Trek as a show that said, “This is what we can aspire to: a humanity that has evolved beyond inequality and oppression”. The show presents a vision of Earth that has moved... Read more »

The Race of Khan: Whitewashing in the New Star Trek Film

Star Trek: Into Darkness came out this weekend, and like any good Trekkie, I was eager to see the film. And although I came away from doing so feeling satisfied, there was one thing that stuck in my craw.   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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »