Books

Women in the Picture: The Art Historian Challenging the Western Gaze Through a Feminist Lens

A new book explores the power of artistic imagery from Venus to Beyoncé.

Bibliobitch: Ruth Tenzer Feldman's Blue Thread Weaves Through Time

Blue Thread is a YA novel set in 1912 Portland, and follows the main character—sixteen-year old Miriam Josefsohn—in her discovery of, and growing involvement in, the women’s suffrage movement. This isn’t just historical fiction though—along with fighting for women’s... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Parent Guides, Part 2

It was inevitable that I would come down pretty hard on these books, but in my frustration I left out an important point: These guides are not “disgusting” works of bigotry. They’re unassuming parenting guides right off the “Children with Special Needs” shelf of a... Read more »

Required Reading: A ______ of One's Own

In this blog series I want to look into “required reading,” how it’s taught, and what we (should/could) get out of it. Which classics take up the most space in the collective memory? Is there something worth remembering from the dudecentric classics of high school book lists? (I’m... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Parent Guides, Part 1

In this post and my next one, I’m taking a look at a selection of four parents’ guides on autism and Asperger syndrome, to see how sex, sexuality, and gender are addressed. This is not a book review, but an overview of how these topics are presented in literature intended for parents of... Read more »

Out today! A Q&A with Agorafabulous! author Sara Benincasa

Many of us have, at some point, asserted that we “don’t feel like leaving the house.” It may take a few days, several long naps, and many hours of Criminal Minds reruns, but eventually most of us manage to get out the front door and back to our regularly-scheduled lives. Sara... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Asperger's and Girls Part 2: "Boys, fashion, shopping, movies, and music"

That’s what little girls are made of, apparently. In my last post, I took a look at the book Asperger’s and Girls, a collection of essays that attempt to address the needs and concerns about... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Send Me Work

In this age of literary Jonathans, I am always on the lookout for some good solid realism by women, about women’s experiences, that doesn’t feel like it has to scream from its pink and lime green cover, “WARNING: YOU ARE ABOUT TO READ A BOOK ABOUT A WOMAN.” Thankfully, I have found... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Asperger's and Girls

In my last post, I critiqued a chapter of Tony Attwood’s The Complete Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. Now I’m taking a look at Asperger’s and Girls, a slim collection of essays in which... Read more »

Double Rainbow: Tony Attwood tells us to "make lemonade."

Well, he tells non-autistic people to make lemonade, specifically. Guess who the “lemons” are in this metaphor. Popular fiction both shapes and reflects cultural attitudes. In a previous post, I picked... Read more »

Bechdel Test Canon: Pumzi

In a recent interview with Samantha Burton for Bitch, Kenyan writer-director Wanuri Kahiu recalled a lovely endorsement she received from a film festival attendant in Zanzibar. Speaking of her 2009 short Pumzi, he said:“If you ask... Read more »

Pages

Know & Tell: The Literary Renaissance of Trans Women Writers

For so long, the people who wrote about us were not us. Finally, that is beginning to change. 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 »

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 »