Books

BitchReads: 13 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read this September

There is so much to read in so little time, which is one of the myriad reasons I love curating the BitchReads list on a (semi)-regular basis.

Red Handed: Kristen R. Ghodsee on Sex and Socialism

Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism highlights the stories of feminists and socialists who worked to make women’s lives better under socialism, while pointing to ways we can adapt their lessons for the future. Read more »

Dear Lane: “How To Be Alone” is Vulnerable, Funny, and Profoundly Healing

How To Be Alone gave me closure for trauma. Read more »

Lift Every Voice: “Shout Your Abortion” Is Changing the Conversation

In 2015, Amelia Bonow shared her abortion story on her Facebook page. Read more »

Join the Club: Gabrielle Moss on the Golden Age of YA Literature

Gabrielle Moss takes us on a nostalgic and hilarious tour through teen bookshelves and the Golden Age of YA literature. Read more »

Eloquent Rage: How Brittney Cooper Created a Black Feminist Manifesto

When Dr. Brittney Cooper speaks, the world stops to listen. Read more »

Naming the Problem: Rebecca Solnit on Activism, Outrage, and a Way Forward

If there’s less violence against women, we have less to be angry about. Read more »

Inventing Adulthood : Four Novels Reveal the Magic of Queer Self-Actualization

What does it mean to come of age as a 20-something queer person with no money, no resources, and no illusions about respectability? Read more »

BitchReads: 15 Nonfiction Books Feminists Should Read This Fall

In tumultuous political and social times, I turn to nonfiction books. Read more »

Et Tu, Brutes: Donna Zuckerberg on How Misogyny Red-Pilled the Classics

When the Red Pillers—online communities of far-right, anti-feminist men—need to back up their misogynist and racist claims, they look to Ovid, Euripides, or the Stoics. Read more »

A New Day: Can Hollywood and Publishing Maintain the Momentum of #AsianAugust?

Helen Hoang, Lillian Li, and R.O. Kwon offer insight into why Hollywood and the publishing industry are finally beginning to wake up. 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 »

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 »