Women Who Conquered the Comic Book World

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[This article is excerpted with permission from Collectors Weekly. See the full article here.] The day after she returned from the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, comics icon Trina Robbins sits down with me outside at a café just around the corner from her home in San Francisco’s Castro District. As both a comics creator and historian, […]

Anna Freud, Papa Sigmund and Gay Conversion Therapy

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You may know Rebecca Coffey’s science journalism from magazines like Scientific American and Discover, where she has proven herself as a teller of real-life tales that pop with quirky humor. Now she’s done herself one better in her debut novel, Hysterical: Anna Freud’s Story. It’s the fact-based, fictional autobiography of Sigmund Freud’s purportedly lesbian daughter, and it’s as funny and occasionally frightening as […]

This Summer in Comics: Thumbs Up for a Woman Thor, Down for a Patriarchal Labor Union

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The comic book industry usually appreciates women most when they are chopped into little bits and stuffed into freezers. Yet Marvel is making strides towards rewriting these traditionally misogynistic universes with their recent announcement that the new Thor will be a woman. Marvel editor Wil Moss explained, The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds […]

Want to Read More Writing by Women? Shebooks Wants to Publish Them

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In 2012, I took the plunge and wrote a book about the battle to end abortion and birth control access one red state at a time. It was a heart-wrenching, brain-numbing, hair-pulling, high-anxiety commitment. It was also one of the most fulfilling things I have ever done, and one I can’t wait to pursue again. […]

Why Mamas Write

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Outside of a few high-profile writers such as Anne Lamott, women who write explicitly about being a mother risk being seen as lightweight by the literary establishment. Not real writers. The anthology Mamas Write: 29 Tales of Truth, Wit and Grit turns this assumption on its head. You won’t find cliché advice on how to […]

Giving Birth to Yourself

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During most major life transitions, there are those who are not at the center but bear witness. While they might go unrecognized, their presence is vital and their perspective often unique. A doula is someone who, by definition, holds such a role. Greek for the word “servant,” a doula supports a laboring mother and her […]

Her Pleasure

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In an era where pornography could be considered the greatest manifestation of modern freedom, it’s unsurprising that The Feminist Porn Book: The Politics of Producing Pleasure has shown up on the shelves. Edited by Tristan Taormino, Celine Parreñas Shimizu, Constance Penley and Mireille Miller-Young, The Feminist Porn Book is a collection of writings by sex-positive […]

25 Feminist Reads for the Holidays (and Beyond)

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Much to our delight, countless new books pass through editors’ hands here at Ms. as we consider them for review. We’re often the first to know which buzzworthy feminist books are being published, or which feminist literary giants have taken to the pen again—and we pass along the news to you. Now that you probably […]

Doris Lessing: Teaching Us to Imagine

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In 1978, I went to England on sabbatical to finish writing a book. I shipped two boxes of books from California to Cambridge, heavy tomes about Shakespeare and the Renaissance.  The boxes remained unopened while I read and re-read a Bantam paperback of Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, read it so voraciously that the cover […]

Alice Munro Wins Nobel Prize, Now Go Read Her Books!

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It was announced yesterday that Canadian short-fiction writer Alice Munro has won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Munro published her first collection of stories nearly half a century ago and has since published over a dozen books. Her latest, Dear Life, won the International Man Booker Prize and is to be her last book. The […]