Books

The Biotic Woman: Parting Ways, Moving On

My time on the Bitch blog comes to a close today. It's been nothing but an honor and privilege to be here, dissecting environmental issues and animal rights among some other stellar bloggers. I had a number of things that I wanted to tackle that never made the blog, and mostly, I straight up ran... Read more »

New and exclusive: Enlightened Sexism excerpt, and an interview with author Susan Douglas

Susan Douglas’s seminal 1995 book Where the Girls Are: Growing Up with the Mass Media explored how woman see and are seen in pop culture, tracing feminism in pop culture from the 1950s and ’60s through the 1980s.  Her newest book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive Message That... Read more »

BiblioBitch: King Kong Theory

                                                             The first line of Virginie Despentes’ King Kong Theory (written originally in French as King Kong Theorie and then translated into English) is: “I am writing as an ugly one... Read more »

Tina Fey: Esquire Fantasy Edition

So, Tina Fey is on the cover of the April 2010 Esquire: Read more »

The Biotic Woman: In Praise of Sistah Vegan

For a long time, one of my favorite vegan thinkers has been A. Breeze Harper, author of the Sistah Vegan website/blog and now the author of her newly released book of the same name—out this month! Harper also... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Andromeda Klein

Andromeda Klein is the second YA novel by Frank Portman, aka Dr. Frank of East Bay punk band The Mr. T Experience. Even the simplest plot description showcases how truly weird Portman's latest creation is: she's a high school student/magic disciple attempting to decode the dream messages she is... Read more »

Sapphic Salon: 5 New Books by Queer Women You Should Read Now

In a time when Sarah Palin's memoir is a best seller, it can be hard to locate books by out women at major bookstores. But even if you have to use the internet or (even better) support your local feminist/queer shop, there are quality books being published that are way more worth... Read more »

Sm{art}: Writing Tips from the Experts

Recently, The Guardian asked several successful fiction writers to come up with a top ten list of their personal writing dos and don’ts. Since we’ve all got a secret novelist lurking within... Read more »

Ready or Not, Girl Comics is Out

Girl Comics Issue #1, a collection of comics written, stenciled, and illustrated completely by women, hit stores yesterday. It’s one of three anthologies to be released this year by Marvel Comics. It’s actually part of a year-long project of “Marvel Women,” celebrating female... Read more »

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 »

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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 »

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 »