“Transformative justice”—the idea that communities can resolve and repair harm and abuse, as well as transform the conditions that led to them, on their own without the necessity of State intervention or by replicating the State’s carceral form of justice—looks good on paper, but there are still so many big questions.
Chani Nicholas’ debut astrology guide slash workbook gives you the keys to better understand yourself, if you are ready to commit to it.
It has taken over 50 years for us to get the full, queer truth about Carson McCullers’s life, and now I know why. We were waiting for Jenn Shapland.
This essay collection is a warm and personal tribute to the title characters of Little Women, in honor of the classic’s 150th birthday. But it left much to be desired in the way of queer content.
Carmen Maria Machado’s first memoir, a deep dive into abuse between women both in Machado’s past relationship and in our world, is a wholly unique and wholly necessary text.
Often, we talk about novels that should have been short stories. Dunham’s book of the same title “A Year Without a Name” feels like a memoir that should have been a personal essay.
“Bury the Lede” follows the familiar, even classic format that makes a hard-boiled detective story work, but Dunn takes that wireframe and expands upon it to make something unique.
“More than gender, Chu is writing about desire. She might argue they’re the same thing, and she is convincing, but whether or not you agree with her, this exploration of desire is worth considering.”
The book deftly acknowledges that each of its five main characters is different in their experience of their bodies, sexualities, genders, romantic interests, and overall development. It allows each kid to define their experience on their own terms and shows a little of their process of becoming comfortable with their unique selves, while promoting kind and thoughtful behavior toward all peers.
It’s hard to overstate how much I loved this book and how much I think you will, too.
While “Turn This World Inside Out” makes plain the problems with shaming folks into a more liberated world free of gendered violence, it does so in limited ways that made me as a reader hungry for more.
Yes, the Empress card can represent any gender.
Mostly Dead Things is the story of what happens to a young woman when her life is torn open and reset in a different pose, and how she deals with herself — and her queerness — as a part of that confusion soup.
What’s your enneagram type? Hannah Paasch wants to help you figure that out and so much more.
Moraga’s latest, “Native Country of the Heart,” is a deep meditation on memory — reflections of the past, recalling hard moments, losing ourselves, and remembering who we are as Mexican-Americans, in more ways than one. She spoke to Autostraddle about her new book and the journey her queer feminism has taken over the course of her career.
Pleasure Activism offers up a multitude of tactics for which to embody pleasure, claim it as a central and essential liberatory practice, and a sustainable one for the long-term road trip of justice work.
I talked to lesbian author T Kira Madden about her debut memoir, the challenges of writing about family and addiction, and finding a sense of belonging in queer community and in life.
If I could have willed a book into existence, that book would be Stray City — so I talked to Chelsey Johnson about her debut novel and what it’s like to render queer community so intimately for the public.
If you’re looking for easy answers that preserve your bubble, you won’t find them here. But that’s exactly why anyone who considers themselves an activist, an ally, or a member of the resistance writ large needs to read this book.
Along with the Civil Rights Movement, the blues, and the Moon Pie, we also have the American South to thank for a 50-plus year bounty of lesbian literature.