reviews

BitchReads: 13 Books You Should Read In July

There’s a memoir that’s funny as hell, a deep dive into an iconic comic book character, and even a fantasy. Read more »

In Complete Control: SZA’s Album Follows Janet Jackson’s Blueprint

SZA maneuvers in a space carved out by Janet Jackson to control their gender, sexuality, and manifestations of Blackness. Read more »

“Wynonna Earp” Shows Queer Romance Without Fanfare or Fear

Waverly and Nicole’s relationship is celebrated because it doesn’t rely on traditional tropes about same-sex couples.  Read more »

Ruling the Seas: “Pirate Women” Celebrates the Princesses, Prostitutes, and Privateers History Has Left Behind

The few women pirates we know are briefly sketched side characters in male-driven stories. Read more »

Purity Is a Scam: “The Keepers” Exposes the Hypocrisy of the Catholic Church

Catholics aren’t taught to protect themselves from those who want to harm them. Read more »

“The Revival” Connects Queer Black Poets To Their History

The Revival presents a positive view of Black queerness and Black womanhood in general. Read more »

Syd’s “Fin” Proves She’s The Champion of Subtlety

Citing inspiration ranging from Brandy to Justin Bieber’s Journals, Syd imbues Fin with the emotional vulnerability of a confessional Usher ballad on top of boppy hooks reminiscent of SWV. Read more »

Transcending Genre: “The Boss” Brings Womanism To Urban Literature

The book seems to be about sexy, scantily clad women, but the core theme is wealth redistribution. Read more »

Disturbing the Priest: 5 Passages from “Priestdaddy” That Had Me Rolling in the Pews

Patricia Lockwood’s memoir Priestdaddy is the funniest book I have read this year. Read more »

Outcasts No More: Anne Helen Petersen’s New Book Celebrates Unruly Women

In exploring how any ambient space around female celebrities is quickly overfilled with criticism and condemnation, Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud primarily focuses on the unforgiving celebrity media culture, with its unyielding gaze and greed for clicks. Read more »

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