The Secret Feminist Cabal — Helen Merrick

The Secret Feminist Cabal: A Cultural History of Science Fiction Feminisms is a gem of a book. Merrick explores the history of various feminisms in the context of SF/F, charting a history of feminist fandom spanning nearly a century. Like seriously? At one point, she talks about cosplay… in the 1930s. For me as a […]

View from a Grain of Sand — Meena Nanji

View from a Grain of Sand begins with the refugee camps on the Afghanistan/Pakistan border. It does not end there — at least, not for all the women documented in this moving, incisive documentary. Nanji films the everyday lives of three women — a teacher, a doctor, and a RAWA activist — and uses their […]

On My Own Two Feet

You CANNOT fight the good fight while broke on your beautiful progressive bottom.  Fortunately, the world is filled with accessible advice books designed to keep you fiscally healthy as you rock on with your bad self. On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance is full of really practical advice, told […]

Scratch Beginnings by Adam Shepard

America, where a young man can raise himself up from poverty with only the sweat on his back and the smarts in his noggin! No, I haven’t read Adam Shepard’s Scratch Beginnings, but blogger Frugal Dad has, and his article is an interesting review and view of hauling yourself up by your bootstraps by spending […]

It’s My Ovaries, Stupid! — Elizabeth Lee Vliet

Vliet’s introduction to the various issues women face when their hormones are out of whack is actually pretty interesting and very accessible. Also, bonus points for not focusing on fertility, which is something books of this type often do. I found it INCREDIBLY accessible. Vliet’s indictment of a medical industry that often ignores the needs […]

Craig Seymour interview

RadicalVixen has a interesting interview up where she talks with Craig Seymour working on All I Could Bare: My Life in the Strip Clubs of Gay Washington, D.C. In this interview, Seymour describes one of the ways in which to encourage sex worker solidarity. Quotes from the post: What do you think is the best […]

valerie frankel — thin is the new happy

Frankel’s memoir is filled with sass. She uses her battle with her weight to frame a hiliarious honest romp through her youth and young adulthood, describing the ways in which her weight impacted things like her relationship with her mother and her burgeoning sexuality. This is actually a memoir within a memoir — Frankel uses […]