Books

Facial Difference and PTSD: Ariel Henley on Growing up with Croutzon Syndrome

What Henley addresses with intelligent ferocity in her memoir is the emotional and psychological abuse that she endured throughout elementary and middle school growing up with Croutzon syndrome.

The H-Word: WTF, America.

Every now and again I’m struck immobile by the state of our nation. I had wanted to prepare an article on the risks of sex work, real versus imagined, but I’m thinking what the fuck. Why bother. This country sucks. No one’s listening. I turned on the news this morning and... Read more »

Bibliobitch: "We're fat, we f*ck, it's good, get over it": A Q&A with Hanne Blank

Sometimes the best books about sex simply state the obvious: masturbation feels good, most women require direct clitoral stimulation to orgasm, fat people have and (gasp!) enjoy sex (and with all kinds of partners!). Hanne Blank’s newly released edition of Big, Big Love is a prime example of... Read more »

In the Frame: Female Artists in Literature, From Bront

Great artists don’t just have to exist in galleries. Books have given us some really inspirational pre- or post-feminist characters that are good at art, and this liberates them either emotionally or physically. What unites them is their independent thinking, as they are determined to go... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Feeling Queasy with <em>Humiliation</em>

Critic and poet Wayne Koestenbaum has written a new book that is not what I’d call a “feel-good read.” I could call it some other things instead, like “queasy” or “discomfiting,” or I could take Koestenbaum’s sentiments and try to protect myself from the inherent humiliation of the... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Dorianne Laux and the Poetry of the Everyday

Dorianne Laux’s fifth book of poetry, The Book of Men, was released earlier this year. Spoiler alert: It is NOT ACTUALLY A BOOK OF MEN. It is a book of earth, and... Read more »

The H-Word: Q & A with Tits and Sass!

Tits and Sass is a blog written and run by sex workers who saw a void when it came to a smart, witty response to the public image of the sex industry.  The ideas promoted about sex workers in the public eye have as much an impact on the realities of the... Read more »

The H-Word: Paper Crane: Antonia Crane Writes About Recession Sex Workers

“It all started with Stephen Elliot. I read his book My Girlfriend Comes to the City and Beats Me Up while in grad school and I started following him. I discovered the Rumpus and submitted an essay. I got rejected... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Who Is Ana Mendieta?... Now at BitchMart!

The latest book to grace the shelves of Bitch’s virtual bookstore is Who is Ana Mendieta?. Part comic book, part eulogy, and part social critique, this book is a... Read more »

On Our Radar

My, what a week. Still reeling from the murder of Troy Davis? Check out “10 things anyone can do to help exonerate innocent people and prevent wrongful convictions” from The Innocence Project, and continue the fight for justice.... Read more »

Bibliobitch: The Beginners

“Our life here is just like an old horror movie,” muses the loquacious, inscrutable Raquel Motherwell near the end of Rebecca Wolff’s debut novel, The Beginners. “It’s like the skeleton of the... Read more »

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Rewriting the Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-Envision Justice

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »

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 »