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Womens Literature

Secrets, Chokeholds, and the Sprouting of Wings: Latina Writer Sparkles

Melanie Bishop | Posted 09.12.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

My reading life was enriched last week with the discovery of Vanessa Martir's blog. Wordpress featured one of her posts in their Freshly Pressed column. I followed the link, read "Rationalizing the Privacies We Invade," and then kept on reading, as hours passed by. Martir's is a voice I want to keep listening to.

Jennifer Weiner: 'Do I Want Respect or Do I Want Readers?'

Jenna-Marie Warnecke | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Jenna-Marie Warnecke

Weiner mused that while women are not dissuaded or shamed by reading thrillers by male authors, the covers of which often feature blood, bullet holes and other "masculine" imagery, "Why won't a man pick up a book with flowers (on it)?"

'Women's Fiction?' 'Men's Fiction?' 'Human Fiction?' What Does It Mean?

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 07.13.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

We don't need firemen and firewomen -- they're all fire fighters. And all those writers we love? We don't need to call the writer-men and writer-women. We can call them writers. And we can call the novels they write, just that. Novels.

A Feminine Mystique Makeover at 50

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 04.23.2013 | Women
Sheila Moeschen

Zooey Deschanel could endorse special copies of the book doodled up with unicorns, mushrooms and cat eyeglasses. Hey gang! Feminism is cool! Sexism is a drag. Let's dance like robots, like lady robots!

Chick Lit Grows Up

Pauline Millard | Posted 05.04.2012 | Books
Pauline Millard

In the past year, a different breed of chick lit has appeared with smarter writing and characters. It's notable not just for the content, but also for what it says about women, and what they are willing to read in their leisure time.

Dear New York Times: A Game of Thrones Is Not Just for Boys

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.16.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Ginia Bellafante's piece in the Times is openly, even proudly contemptuous of the entire fantasy genre, and -- perhaps worst of all -- is patronizing to women readers.

An Apology for Women's Literature

Carol Muske-Dukes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Carol Muske-Dukes

Sisters, let's be honest. We write books. But if you look at the fact that so many more works by men are reviewed in major journals, our "books" are not what the establishment deems noteworthy.