How I Picked 10 Best Feminist Teen Books of All Time

For my new Ms. magazine article on feminist young-adult fiction (YA), I set out to pick 10 Must-Reads–those books which every 13-year-old with a spark of gender consciousness should have on her (or his) bookshelf. Or, as I say in the piece, those books that offer young protofeminists “refuge or escape–or provide our first ‘click!’ […]

Hey, Remember How Kobe Bryant is Probably a Rapist?

In 2003, when Kobe Bryant was accused of raping a hotel employee–who later refused to testify after her name was dragged through the mud–I first contracted Kobe-Bryant-is-a-Rapist Tourette’s. The condition consists of blurting out at inopportune times (such as the current Lakers vs. Celtics NBA championship finals) and to unsympathetic audiences (such as the denizens […]

We Heart: Sinead O’Connor

“This month, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter of apology—of sorts—to Ireland to atone for decades of sexual abuse of minors by priests whom those children were supposed to trust. … Astonishingly, he suggests that Ireland’s victims can find healing by getting closer to the church—the same church that has demanded oaths of silence from molested children.”

We Heart: The Newsweek Three

Three young women editors at Newsweek—Jessica Bennett, Jesse Ellison and Sarah Ball—have written a brave and candid piece calling out sexism at the magazine and in the publishing industry as a whole. They ask how much has changed since 1970, when a pioneering group of women Newsweek editors filed a landmark gender-discrimination suit for, among other things, being routinely called “dollies” by their male bosses.

We Heart: Margaret Atwood’s 6-word Story

The results are in from Wired magazine’s challenge to science fiction writers to craft a 6-word story, and apparently Wired thinks women are just too verbose to invite—they printed 29 stories by men and three by women. In this context, feminist Margaret Atwood’s contribution is especially delicious: