10 Essential Books About Writing

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

Required Reading: Tampon Utopia

It’s 2012. Are you ready for TEOTWAWKI? Read more »

Once Upon a Time There Was an Indian Village and Everyone Lived Happily Ever After

As a teacher to high school children, whenever we discussed social justice in the worlds of books we read, one question that would repeatedly come up was, “How do we understand privilege, if you say it is all around us—how can we work with the ‘lowest’ common denominator if there will always be... Read more »

End of Gender: Kate Bornstein Saves Lives, Including Her Own: A Review of A Queer and Pleasant Danger

Trans icon Kate Bornstein’s memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice Jewish boy who joins the Church of Scientology and leaves twelve years later to become the lovely lady she is today, shines a bright, unflinching light on self-image, gender, and life on the... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Speculating on the Future of Feminism is in its final push in a Kickstarter campaign to publish a Feminist Speculative Fiction anthology through... Read more »


Hello good readers of Bitch blogs! Starting this week for the next twelve weeks, I’ll be blogging at Bitch about Indian feminist books and films and I might quite possibly “ruin” India for many of you (it’s a superpower of mine, I’m often told) and I’m hoping in turn you... Read more »

End of Gender: Reading List for the Genderpocalypse

If you’ve learrned anything from zombie flicks, you know that when the end is near, it’s time to prepare.  And it’s probably a good time to catch up on all of that reading you’ve been putting off. Below, you’ll find a reading list to prepare you for the... Read more »

Fertile Ground: Bryant Terry's The Inspired Vegan

Bryant Terry’s The Inspired Vegan is aptly named; it’s truly, well, inspiring. Terry, who dubs himself an “eco-chef,” is more than just a cookbook author, and this is more than just a cookbook. It is a delicious spark of revolution and call to action, and filled with... Read more »

Required Reading: No Laughing Matter

Female characters are not permitted to laugh in books presented at the Tehran International Book Fair, which opened this week. What would Jane Eyre say? Read more »

A Q&A with Comics Artist Jennifer Crut

Bitch magazine readers may recognize Jennifer Cruté’s round-faced, deceptively cute characters from her contribution to the “My Dark Confession” comics feature in the... Read more »

Required Reading: Avert Your Eyes

Some will say that there are technical considerations—the quality of rendering, the beauty of the language, or the composition of the scene make a difference between obscene and not, porn and art. Personally, whether it’s prize-winning literature, a cheesy film, or a fashion spread, my... 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 »

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 »

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 »