Books

Capitalism Is a Cult, and You’re Already a Lifetime Member

Similar to the language of scams and gaslighting, cultish language purposely obscures and confuses both followers and nonbelievers.

Iconography: The Peony Pavilion

Because I'm a slightly perverse creature, I'm going to start this series about feminist literary icons with a one you've probably never heard of. Written by a man. Featuring a woman who dies of longing when her dreamed-of lover doesn't materialize. Read more »

Bitch in a Box: Books all around!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, chances are you're going to need to buy a gift for someone, and that's where our "Bitch in a Box" series comes in! Between now and the end of the month, Bitch HQ staff and interns will be taking turns writing themed gift guides designed to please... Read more »

Iconography: Let's Get Lit Started

Hello, gentle readers. The good people at Bitch have made a terrible and now, I fear, irrevocable mistake, having hired me to write for you for the next eight weeks. There is an upside, however. I'm going to be writing about the greatest thing in the whole world: literature! So, welcome to this... Read more »

Adventures in Feministory: Nella Larsen

Although you can count her published works on one hand, Nella Larsen's achievements went beyond literature. She was a head nurse at the Tuskegee Institute, and the first African-American woman to graduate from library school as well as the first to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship. But Nella Larsen... Read more »

Feministory: The Great Witch Hunt(s)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows came out last week, and it’s pretty safe to say that most of the universe has witches (and wizards) on the brain. The... Read more »

Past Imperfect: The Feminine Mystique and the persistence of nostalgia

In a sweetly musty used-book-store, I recently bought a few thick, oversize issues of Good Housekeeping and Ladies' Home Journal. Dating from the early 1950s, they were full of ads for Del Monte fruit cocktail (serving suggestion: use it to top a loaf of canned ham, for something “really... Read more »

Bibliobitch: Daddy's by Lindsay Hunter

As a big fan of the strange short work by writers like Gary Lutz and Lydia Davis, I was drawn to... Read more »

BitchTapes: Books!

Mmm…books! Autumn and books just seem to go hand in hand. This week’s BitchTapes is a mix of musicians celebrating books in their songs or group names. Best enjoyed while stepping on crunchy leaves on the way to your local independent bookstore. Track list after the jump! Read more »

Bibliobitch: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Books that use food as a gateway to emotion can be pretty unbearable (hi again, Eat, Pray, Love). Thankfully, Aimee Bender's new novel is more like one of the fairy tale rewrites I wrote about a few weeks ago than one of those... Read more »

Projects to watch: Gay Genius comic anthology

Image by Edie Fake Did someone say 120 perfect-bound pages of comics by queer artists?... Read more »

Pages

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 »

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

Our justice movements desperately need science fiction. 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 »