Books

BiblioBitch: Elissa Schappell's Blueprints for Building Better Girls

Named after a fictional girls’ etiquette handbook, Elissa Schappell’s 2011 short story collection, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, offers a multi-perspectival, intergenerational portrait of American... Read more »

Playing with Fire: The Ethics of Transnational Feminism

“Transnational feminism” is given a lot of weight—negative and otherwise—and most said it couldn’t be done, ‘til Playing with Fire came in 2006, that is. A quick introduction: Playing with... Read more »

BiblioBitch: 25th Anniversary of Gloria Anzald

If you read Bitch, you are likely at least somewhat familiar with Gloria Anzaldúa and her work with feminism, her beautiful writings, and her advocacy for women of color. She was a Chicana-Tejana-lesbian-feminist poet, theorist,... Read more »

Resisting Resistance: On Mahasweta Devi

Along with economic, political, sexual, social exploitation, and god knows what else, colonialism drained South Asia of its resources; this much we know and agree on. But, this encounter also unintentionally opened spaces for women and the ex-untouchable castes in areas like education and politics... Read more »

Kamasutra and the Indian Feminists

Talking sex—especially about the Kamasutra—is progressive, but discussions of the political economy of the text don’t get the same pedestal. How can I claim and embrace queer liberation (as much as I may want to), when it silences someone else? Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Katherine Mansfield

I like to yank hermits into the spotlight. I'm a sucker for women whose work is sometimes considered "secondary," who kept a low profile... Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Smart (and Spoiler-tastic) Analysis of Beyond the Wall

A book about us? Could I get the audio version? I’m a bit busy at the moment… The book Beyond the Wall: Exploring George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (SmartPop/BenBella Books) was something I could not resist, despite the very real possibility that it... Read more »

Lady Business: Why Isn't There More Feminist Business Writing?

Author and entrepreneur Doreen Bloch wrote in a Feministing guest post, “If women make up 46.8% of the workplace in America (Source: Department of Labor) and 58% of college classrooms (Source: The New York Times), where are the female voices in our business thought-leadership?” Read more »

Seven Islands and a Metro and Manipur: Be Whoever You Want to Be, As Long As You Look Like Us

What does it mean when brands of liberal feminism erase the histories of labor, caste, and communal segregation in their re-tellings of the city? And are still considered feminist texts? Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich

Isn’t it the best when you stumble upon an amazing book you just can’t put down? That was my feeling when I read The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich. Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »

Black Girls Hunger for Heroes, Too: A Black Feminist Conversation on Fantasy Fiction for Teens

What happens when two great black women fiction writers get together to talk about race in young adult literature? That's exactly what happens... Read more »