Books

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.

BiblioBitch: Sisterhood Everlasting

*WARNING: Sisterhood Everlasting begins with a major, surprising event, and I discuss it in this review. Other potential spoilers are marked.* It’s always dicey when an author pushes a series past its logical conclusion. I met each YA sequel to The Sisterhood... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Detectives in Distress

All good characters have a complex back story. But what is it with giving female TV detectives a particularly awful past? By no means is every female investigator on television shown to be “damaged,” but I think there are enough to make up an anecdotal trend. This “damage” is usually crucial in... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Prime Suspect

Are there any explicitly feminist crime TV shows? Prime Suspect, which ran on UK television channel ITV from 1991 to 2006, is surely a contender, starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, a... Read more »

Murder, She Blogged: Mrs. Columbo

Columbo was the late, great Peter Falk’s most well-known role. We knew him by his rumpled mackintosh, his preternatural ability to hone in on the killer within seconds, and his catchphrase, “Just one more thing….” And, of course, the shadowy figure of Mrs. Columbo. Read more »

Bitch YA Book Club: Ash by Malinda Lo

For this month’s YA book club, Ellen Papazian asks Erin Blakemore, Jennie Law, and Jessica Stites what they thought about Ash by Malinda Lo. Add your own answers to Ellen’s questions (or come up with your own discussion points) in the... Read more »

BiblioBitch: Beauty Queens

Pageant competitors in a dire situation? It sounds like a recipe for an overly catty misogyfest (or, let’s be honest, a terrible porno). Instead, Libba Bray has crafted a complex, blistering satire that is, dare I say, one of the most explicitly feminist novels I have ever read. Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Forty Beads

If you’re straight, monogamous, and female, Carolyn Evans wants to SAVE YOUR MARRIAGE! Her new book, Forty Beads, has “simple, sexy” advice: overcome the “libido gap” between women and men by having sex whenever... Read more »

#YAsaves, Ignorance Hurts: The <em>Wall Street Journal</em>'s Attack on Books

On Saturday, the Wall Street Journal fired a shot heard around the literary world: a so-called book review by Meghan... Read more »

On Our Radar

Bringing you fine, feminist work from around the web! Bitch YA Blogger Jessica Stites follows up on... Read more »

Bitch YA Book Club: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

For this month’s YA book club, Jennie Law asks Erin Blakemore, Ellen Papazian, and Nona Willis Aronowitz what they thought about Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. Add your own answers to Jennie’s... Read more »

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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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »