Rethinking Legacy: "Tastemakers" is a Starting Point for the Problematic History of Recipes and Food Media

The James Beard award winner Mayukh Sen’s first book invites trouble, but more questions come up in the process.

Visi(bi)lity: John Irving Tackles Biphobia in New Novel

Some of the comments on my post about Savage U last week argued that people like Dan Savage, who work hard to advance LGBT equality and visibility even though their biphobic and transphobic... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Five Righteous Books of Poetry that Changed My Life

I’ve always felt poetry to be above me, something I could not connect with or fully understand. Or that poetry by women was always sappy (I’ve since realized that learning about poetry through a white male canonic lens brainwashed me into thinking that way). After hearing my friend... Read more »

Required Reading: Disgrace

What do you say when it turns out that a friend or close coworker is into by rape-y highbrow erotica? Prize-winning literature is a minefield for polite conversation. Read more »

BiblioBitch: The Vanishers

The Vanishers is four-time novelist and Believer founding editor Heidi Julavits’s new work, and it has a really, really bright cover. It’s a good book, for the most part, and an interesting book, and I promise I’ll talk about it in an... Read more »

Sm{art}: #1 Must Have: Queer Photo Zine

 If you are looking for a new queer photo zine to brighten up your day, look no further than #1 Must Have. Just on its second issue, this new Seattle-based zine captures queer folks through “visibility, celebrating diverse queer people... Read more »

Required Reading: Aya de Yopougon

Although she has some great comebacks for street harassers, our hero Aya is otherwise as problematic as your typical Disney heroine. Luckily, the graphic novel “Aya of Yopougon” is really about Aya’s lying, fighting, partying friends: Bintou and Adjoua. They’re not role models; they... Read more »

The Rebel Warrior and the Boy with the Bread: Gale, Peeta, and Masculinity in the Hunger Games

Just as Gale and Peeta give Katniss two very different boyfriend options, they give us as readers two very different ideas of what it means to be a man in Panem. See what I mean about the two totally different masculinities happening here? Read more »

Required Reading: The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street is all about voice. It’s about being heard. It’s about inventing new languages when the old ones don’t work. In the author’s words, it’s about “the ugliest subjects I could find. The most unpoetic.” In real life, The House on... Read more »

Beyond the Panel: An interview with Arigon Starr of Super Indian, Part Two

Today, the conversation with Arigon Starr, the cartoonist behind Super Indian, continues! We discuss the history and future of Super Indian, her experience of being a woman of color in an industry dominated by... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Cultural Crusaders: Women Librarians in the American West, 1900-1917

The freedom of being a librarian in the west during this time was unparalleled: women were trained to be respected and valued members of the community, trusted with the task of educating and exposing their neighbors to the literary lifestyle, and they had the option of seeking new work in a huge... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »