Choking on a Waterfall of Watermelon Seeds

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Reprinted with permission from Nikky Finney On Wednesday night Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. After she left the stage the host of the National Book Awards, Daniel Handler, told the crowd that she, a Black woman, “was allergic to watermelon” and then implored the crowd at the National […]

Around the Ms. Office: Our Favorite Feminist Reads

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As the weather chills and sweaters make their annual reappearance, it’s the perfect time to grab a book and hunker down. Following our post on children’s books for budding feminists, we’ve compiled a list of the Ms. office’s favorite books for a slightly older crowd. Here’s what our editors and interns had to say about their […]

To Lena Dunham, the Personal is Political

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It’s easier to explain Lena Dunham’s new book, Not That Kind of Girl, by explaining what it’s not: It’s not a self-help book, nor an attempt to quell Dunham’s critics. It’s not drowning in narcissism, nor the author’s affinity for nudity. Rather, the reader is introduced to Lena: a self-aware, unashamed and extremely funny woman. […]

10 Must-Read Books for Young Feminists

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It seems fitting to award Malala Yousafzai the Noble Peace Prize just days before International Day of the Girl. Malala’s mission—advocating for girls’ access to education—aligns with the sentiment behind the United Nations-recognized day: International Day of the Girl celebrates and advocates for gender equality, including ensuring girls have educational opportunities, on a global scale. […]

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 […]