Books

10 Essential Books About Writing

Must-read titles for writers include works by Elena Ferrante, Akwaeke Emezi, Meg Wolitzer, Yoko Ogawa, and more.

RetroPop: Pride & Prejudice & Carly Rae Jepsen

Welcome to the first proper installment of RetroPop! A blog in which I, your humble guest writer, bring together my loves for the Billboard Hot 100 and bodacious bits from female artists of the past. It’s all based on my argument that lady-related pop messages of today are no less worthy... Read more »

Pre-Olympics Reading: Top 89 Books About Girls & Women in Sports

Handy reading resource website A Mighty Girl, “the world’s largest collection of books and movies for smart, confident, and courageous girls,” has a list up just in time for the Olympics! Read more »

Sm{art}: Queer Zine Machine, Edie Fake

You know when you come across a super rad zine artist and you’re really into their work, then you casually waltz into a comic shop, and you find one or two of their zines from years and years ago, but you get pretty bummed that the zine and comic shops in your area don’t have a... Read more »

Keeping Sultana's "Ladyland" Dream Alive

I’d like to talk a bit about a feminist utopia written in 1905 called Sultana’s Dream by Rokheya Sakhawat Hossain. This short story is set in a place called “Ladyland,” where men are behind... Read more »

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 »

Pages

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 »

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 »