Books

Loud and Queer: The Problem with Demanding Queer Visibility

We need to find alternative templates for talking about queer representation.

SXSW Film: <em>The Dish and the Spoon</em>

Alison Bagnall’s The Dish and the Spoon opens with Rose (Greta Gerwig) despondently crying as she drives to... Read more »

<em>The Hunger Games</em> Film Whitens its Warrior

Like many connoisseurs of young adult lit, I’ve been excited and wary about the upcoming film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Gertrude Stein

Looking back on a literary icon. Read more »

On Our Radar

Everyone have a good International Women’s Day/Feminist Coming Out Day? Check out these compelling links from this week, and feel free to share your stories below! Andrea Grimes... Read more »

Zero-Summing It Up: What About the Men?

Well, it’s Women’s History Month, and that can only mean one thing: It’s time to freak out about what’s happening to dudes. As anyone who consumes regular doses of media well knows, discussions of how far women have come often devolve into hand-wringing over the plight of... Read more »

Beyond The Panel: An Interview with Sam Orchard of Rooster Tails

Rooster Tails is a year-old comic by Sam Orchard in which he "explores [his life as] a simple transguy transitioning in the lower half of the South Island of New Zealand." Sam and his boyfriend Joe are both joyful and thoughtful as narrators,... Read more »

BiblioBitch: A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend

I noticed the book immediately: a colorful, unmistakably travel-esque picture topped with a billboard that evoked both Broadway and freeway diners, staring out from a new display... Read more »

Pink Slip: Breaking down the princess castle with “Cinderella Ate My Daughter” author Peggy Orenstein

Throughout her career, Orenstein has observed at close range how the media and popular culture have colluded to serve up distorted visions of womanhood to girls. Read more »

Bibliobitch: Telling Tough Stories Through Comics

Kominsky-Crumb. Gloeckner. Barry. Satrapi. Bechdel. Some of the most well-renowned contemporary female comic artists are all featured in the book Graphic Women: Life Narrative & Contemporary Comics by Hillary Chute, published by... Read more »

Beyond The Panel: An Interview with Gabrielle Bell of Lucky

This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing a cartoonist whose transition to webcomics has been rather recent: Gabrielle Bell. She started out self-publishing zines, and eventually made the leap to... 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 »

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 »