Books

The Corn-Fed Whiteness of Rural Literature

Much of this canon is white and male, fetishizing a version of rural life that never truly existed.

Mad World Book Club: Can't Buy My Love

You know how every once in a while someone comes into your life–be it in person or in book, music, film, or some other form–and totally blows you away because they’re saying everything you’ve been thinking, but in a way that is smarter and better than you’ve been thinking it?... Read more »

Queer Questions Straight Talk: An interview with Abby Dees

Attorney, activist, author (and Bitch Media supporter!) Abby Dees is traveling to our fair city of Portland tomorrow to give a reading from her new book Queer Questions Straight Talk at In Other Words Women... Read more »

Snarky's Cinemachine Classic: Strange Days

When Kathryn Bigelow nabbed the Best Director Oscar in March for The Hurt Locker, critics such as The Guardian’s Richard Adams wrote perceptive analyses of the film’s erasure of Iraqi voices. However, in addition to Adams’ pointed critiques there was a bit of concern trolling as to the... Read more »

Meat is for what now? Marketing veganism the wrong way

You’re looking at the cover of a new book by John Joseph, New York native and author of The Evolution of a Cro-Magnon. Besides grimacing, my other first reaction to the book was Malori Maloney’s assessment of Skinny Bastard -... Read more »

Page Turner: An Interview with Instinctive Mama Author Ada Calhoun

You’ve likely encountered the work of writer and editor Ada Calhoun—whether it’s her editorial work on... 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 »

Adventures in Feministory: Sara Estela Ram

Called the "muse of Texas" in her 1910 obituary, Sara Estela Ramírez was a poet and activist in the politically-charged border town of Laredo, and used her words to inspire workers and women alike. Read more »

A New D

Shobhaa Dé came to the Indian publishing scene in the late-1980s like a South Asian Jackie Collins and has been credited with paving... Read more »

Read My Bitch: A new podcast by Bitch Media

Read My Bitch is a brand-new audio segment that features Bitch Magazine readers and subscribers sharing one of their favorite articles from the archives by reading it aloud and discussing it afterwards. For our first episode, Kristin reads aloud “Harriet and Claudia, where have you gone? Notes on... Read more »

The Immortal Woman: Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks deserves every ounce of praise that has been heaped on it. Rebecca Skloot has one heck of a story to tell, a story that actually belongs to another woman: Henrietta Lacks. The book is partially a retelling of Henrietta’s life and her death, but also a... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »