Books

BitchReads: 17 Books Feminists Should Read in July

 This BitchReads list is curated to encourage everyone to find the small joys, including books, that will help us through this trying time.

Seeking: Dynamic Women Who Don't Need A Hero

Confession time: I love me a good low budget fantasy series. If it's on a second rate cable network, and it features magic, medieval times, and roaming adventures, I'm in. I lived for Xena: Warrior Princess and all its chakram throwing, ululating battle crying, lesbian subtext possessing glory... Read more »

Bibliobitch: The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

“I learn that black people don’t have blue eyes. I learn that I am black. I have blue eyes. I put all these new facts into the new girl.” Even though the tone of The Girl Who Fell from the Sky reads like a young adult novel, told simply from the point of view of the characters–a... Read more »

Forever Your Girl: The Legacy of Helen Andelin's Fascinating Womanhood

Call it a feminist coincidence: Two books published in 1963 examine gender, sex, and marriage, but arrive at diametrically opposite conclusions. In The Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan complains that “the only passion, the only pursuit, the only goal a woman is permitted is the pursuit of a man.”... Read more »

A Damn Scribbling Woman: an Interview with Jennifer K. Stuller about Ink-Stained Amazons

Blogging as Ink-Stained Amazon on the Bitch blogs, Jennifer Stuller took on Barbarella, Lois Lane, and Tura Satana with her blog Grrl on Film. With her new book, Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors... Read more »

The Biotic Woman: Talking to Ruby Roth

You don't have to be a full time animal rights activist to spread the good word about healthy food, climate change, and women's and children's rights. Ruby Roth, author and illustrator of the recently released That's Why We Don't Eat Animals: A Book About... Read more »

Douchebag Decree: Lori Gottlieb *IS* all the single ladies

Have you been wondering what would be the perfect metaphor for being single in your forties? Well now, just in time for Valentine's Day, Lori Gottlieb and her godsend of a new book (... Read more »

Bibliobitch: The 2010 Amelia Bloomer List

The Amelia Bloomer Project just released their 2010 list of “recommended feminist literature for birth through 18” and they’ve included what look like some great selections! Read more »

A Tiny Roundup: Blog shorts

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Kathryn Stockett's The Help: Count on the Happy Ending

Although Kathryn Stockett’s novel, The Help, came out nearly a year ago, it remains to date on the New York Times Top 10 Bestselling Fiction list… Forty weeks of its shelf life in fact, it has spent jostling with other titles on the list, still sitting comfortably at No. 4 as of January... Read more »

Sapphic Salon: Sex and Misogyny in the Publishing World

There's a great piece in this Sunday's New York Times Book Review by Katie Roiphe regarding the inclusion of sex in novels by American male writers over time. Roiphe... Read more »

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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 »

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 »

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 »