Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You

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The following is excerpted from Donna Decker’s new novel, Dancing in Red Shoes Will Kill You, available now from Inanna Publications. The book is based on the mass shooting that took place in Montreal, Canada on December 6, 1989 at L’Ecole Polytechnique, also known as the Montreal Massacre. Jenean had been at home on Rue Verde when […]

The Lawyer Battling Human Rights Atrocities in Mexico

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Just across the border from El Paso, Tex., one of the U.S.’ safest cities, is Ciudad Juarez—a city that, until very recently, was ranked as having one of the highest murder rates in the world. It is in the space between these two disparate worlds that La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights […]

A Nobody Going Against a Somebody

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In the novel Again and Again, author Ellen Bravo tells the story of Deborah Borenstein, an activist who 30 years earlier saw her friend and roommate, Liddie Golmboch, raped at a fraternity party. The excerpt below is set in 1980 in Upstate New York at Danforth University; Liddie’s assault has only recently taken place and the two […]

Beyond Missoula: A Challenge to Feminists and to Jon Krakauer

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Acquaintance rape, the subject of Jon Krakauer’s newest book, Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, is a topic feminists have been writing about for decades with barely a head nod from the mainstream media. Now Krakauer’s book is being hailed as “fascinating,” “excellent,” and “a passionate, maddening jeremiad.” How should feminists […]

Christian Grey is 50 Shades of Sexist

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Oh E.L. James, what am I going to do with you?—is probably what Christian Grey would say if he had to read all 576 baffling pages of Grey, the newest addition to the blockbuster series Fifty Shades of Grey. Lucky for James, she doesn’t have to fear the wrath of Christian’s not-so-erotic punishments—she just gets to […]

Proof That Women Do—And Should!—Win Literary Awards

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Last week, British novelist Nicola Griffith momentarily broke the internet when she blogged about a startling discovery: Through her own independent research, she found that books about women characters, written by women novelists, for the most part do not win awards. While Griffith is the first to admit that she’s “a novelist, not a statistician,” her […]

The Feminist Children’s Book You’ve Been Searching For

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Your child’s library—and, if we’re being honest, your own library—has been lacking until now. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History…and Our Future, a new feminist alphabet book written by Kate Schatz and illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, introduces young readers to a group of remarkable women who have left an […]

A New Feminist Book Once a Month? Yes, Please!

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While many have argued that the rise of sites like Amazon.com killed the indie bookstore, one enterprising pair of young women are using the popularity of e-books to carve out a space for feminist authors online. Emily Gould and Ruth Curry founded Emily Books in 2011 while both at professional crossroads. Currently, Curry works in academic publishing and Gould, a […]

Black Women’s Histories: A Conversation with T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

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Black Women’s Histories, a conversation series, will profile different feminist scholars engaging black women’s histories and narratives during Black and Women’s History Months (February and March, respectively). The series continues with T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt distinguished professor of African American and Diaspora Studies and French at Vanderbilt University, and the author of the newly […]

Must-Read Feminist Books of 2014

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At Ms., we’re often the first to know which highly anticipated feminist books are coming out and which feminist giants have taken to the pen again. Countless new books pass through our editors’ hands, and then we pass our recommendations onto our readers. Now that the holidays season is winding down, we hope you’ll curl […]