It’s all too easy to accidentally pick out a well-titled, gorgeously illustrated picture book for your kids, only to find that the book perpetuates tired gender stereotypes. On the other hand, children’s books are filled with some of the most subversive characters in literature. Here are five feminist-friendly books my family has read over the years that my now-eight-year-old daughter and five-year-old son love.
Women and shopping have a complicated relationship. On the one hand, there's the stereotype that all women loooove shopping—and that we throw away money on frivolous goods. On the other, there's the reality that women are the primary shoppers for 75 percent of households, despite making less money on average than men.
There’s a new book out for socially conscious parents who want their kids to learn some culture along with their ABCs: A de Activistais a Spanish-language book for young kids that teaches the alphabet through lines like, “¡F de foco que brilla como el futuro!”
Young adult literature shapes our imaginations and our identities. We explore the world of young adult literature with help from some great authors.
We talk with Marni Bates, who wrote a memoir when she was just 19 that spelled out the reality of her teen life and her obsessive compulsive disorder. Then, the mother-daughter writing duo behind the best-selling supernatural YA series House of Nightexplain how their characters deal realistically with sexuality. Author Malinda Lo rounds out the show with discussion of her writing process while working on her debut novel Ash and her work researching diversity in YA. Finally, the Bitch staff has a roundtable conversation about the books that had a big personal impact on us as teens and read off some YA recommendations from Bitch readers;
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As summer is quickly coming to a close, take some time to bask in the sun and soak in a good book. Here are some short, sweet, stellar reads for the rest of August, all works are recent releases from independent publishers.
Kelly Cogswell's new book details the origins of the Lesbian Avengers—seen at left eating fire at an Dyke March in the early 1990s (photo by Carolina Kroon).
Before reading Kelly Cogswell’s book Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger, I confess I didn’t know about Dyke TV. I didn’t know about the first and largest Dyke March in DC that 20,000 people attended in April of 1993. I certainly didn’t know my undergraduate English professor from Hunter College, Sarah Chinn, was a part of the Lesbian Avengers.
Feminist spoken word roadshow Sister Spit has been sporadically criss-crossing the nation for 20 years now, building community around radical writing, poetry, and films. The group started in 1994 as a Bay Area open mic night meant to highlight the work of women artists who weren't getting enough attention. Since then, Sister Spit has become a traveling show and literary press. On this episode, we talk with three talented members of recent Sister Spit tours: essayist Beth Lisick, poet Dia Felix, and artist and musician Cristy Road.
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