Books

Valorizing Purity: What White Women Gain from Racial Hatred

Women have often been written out of the history of hate and related phenomena.

Page Turner-Rave On: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on Close to the Knives

“Rave On” is the Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Today we feature writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore on the memoir Close to the Knives, by David Wojnarowicz. In the early... Read more »

The Supergirls: A feminist response to catsuits?

There’s a surprising gap of research, let alone feminist research, on female superheroes from comics. Trina Robbins has turned out some amazing books on women and comics, including one on... Read more »

Page Turner-Rave On: Tiny, aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, on Comfort Woman

“Rave On” is the Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Today we feature journalist and scholar Tiny, aka Lisa Gray-Garcia, on the novel Comfort Woman, by Nora Okja Keller. I had... Read more »

From the Library of Bitch: Six Plays by Lillian Hellman

The following is the first installment of a semi-regular blog highlighting books in Bitch Media’s new Community Lending Library.   Lillian Hellman was a handful. She was the first female playwright on Broadway, one of the first women screenwriters in Hollywood, a controversial memoirist... Read more »

Rave On: Filmmaker Therese Shechter on Woman: An Intimate Geography

“Rave On” is the Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Today we feature filmmaker Therese Shechter, creator of the documentary I Was a Teenage Feminist, on Woman: An Intimate... Read more »

Page Turner: Six Questions on Comics for The Big Feminist BUT

It’s the well-worn, short-yet-storied line that’s become nearly cliché: “I’m not a feminist, but…”—one that’s now some kind of standard midpoint in our culture’s endless wrangling about the F word. Now “I’m not a feminist, but…” is being re-examined via comics... Read more »

Rave On: Singer-Songwriter Joan Wasser on Outlaw Culture

“Rave On” is the Page Turner series that asks feminist writers, artists, musicians, activists, leaders, and scholars to talk about a book that completely rocked their world. Today we feature musician and singer-songwriter Joan Wasser, of Joan... Read more »

True Confessions of an Audiobook Worm

When I was growing up, one of my very favorite things was to have books read out loud to me. My mother (a total bookworm, thank goodness) read to my little brother and I every night, and it was the best thing ever. We’d beg for her to read just one more chapter of... Read more »

Page Turner: An Interview with Novelist Laurie Halse Anderson

This week we talk with author Laurie Halse Anderson, who’s written five YA novels, including the New York Times best-seller Speak, one of the most compelling depictions of the trauma of the interior space of a teenage sexual assault survivor. Anderson has been getting... 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 »

A Look at How Media Writes Women of Color

Nearly every Saturday morning, feminists of color hold Twitter discussions taking a deeper look at issues, such as gender violence. It’s the... 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 »