Books

The Best Queer YA Novels of 2019

It’s been a stunning year for queer young-adult novels.

Set Yourself Free: How Generations of Black Women Have Fought Incarceration

Black women have historically fought constraint and oppression. Read more »

Lane Moore On Surviving Lifelong Loneliness

I wanted to write a book for people like myself because no one writes for us.  Read more »

Plastic Pleasure: Hallie Lieberman On the Liberating Future of Sex Toys

Acceptance of sex toys is not necessarily an acceptance of women’s masturbation. Read more »

The Misguided Pursuit of “Better” Manhood at American Fraternities

The dominant narrative around fraternities has long been one of peer pressure, blackout drinking, and cruel hazing rituals. So why are so many male students, especially white ones, as excited as ever to join them? Read more »

Preparing for a Post-Roe America: A Q&A with Robin Marty

Robin Marty’s Handbook for Post-Roe America is the resource guide for anyone who wants to dedicate their time, money, energy—or all of the above—to keeping abortion accessible in this country while it’s legal, and even if it’s not. Read more »

“Maid” and the Resurgence of Hardship Memoirs

Stephanie Land doesn’t frame her story as an inspiring tale of bootstrapping, a blueprint for others, or evidence that grit and determination are all it takes to escape poverty. Read more »

Oh, the Places Rage Will Take You: “Last Woman Standing” Reckons with Comedy’s Predators

As a culture, are we fully invested in seeking justice for women who have suffered at the hands of men? Read more »

Face the Strange: Dani Shapiro Maps Her Family Secrets in “Inheritance”

“All my life, I had known there was a secret,” Dani Shapiro writes. “What I hadn’t known: the secret was me.”  Read more »

Andrea Gibson’s “Lord of the Butterflies” Celebrates Constant Transformation

In their fifth collection of poetry, Lord of the Butterflies, Andrea Gibson resists tidy narratives in favor of dramatizing a life that’s vibrant with constant transformation. Read more »

2018’s Best Books About Bodies

Our relationships to our bodies are arguably the deepest and most stirring we have. Read more »

Pages

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »

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 »