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Reading List October 25, 2016

The Nasty Women Reading List

A primer for nasty women.

Because nasty women read.

Feminist Icons in Love
Vivian Gornick re-reads Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, Marguerite Duras, and James Baldwin.

Reading Other Women
Atiya Fyzee, a Muslim woman in colonial India, travelled to London in 1906. Rafia Zakaria reads her travelogue, finding in it strong opinions and incisive observations.

The Invisibility of Black Women
Why are black women consistently rendered invisible? Christopher Lebron on Selma, Audre Lorde, and Black Lives Matter.

On the Job
Michaele L. Ferguson argues for a critical understanding of sex work that does not stigmatize sex workers.

Mothers Who Care Too Much
Before lean in feminism, there was care feminism. Nancy J. Hirschmann parses the politics of child-rearing.

Wounded Women
From #yesallwomen to The Empathy Exams, Jessa Crispin argues that female pain is having a moment.

The Logic of Misogyny
The 2016 elections are a rude awakening for anyone who thinks that gender politics is over in America. Kate Manne, Imani Perry, Vivian Gornick and others weigh in.

Let’s Be Real
Are bad feminists truly bad? Lucy McKeon reads Roxane Gay.

The Passion of Ellen Willis
Judith Levine profiles Ellen Willis, feminist, essayist, and improbable optimist.

Lola Ridge: The Radical Modernist We Won’t Forget Twice
Terese Svoboda on a forgotten modernist poet who wrote about the lives of poor New York City women.

The End of Sexual Identity
Can the contemporary novel keep up with proliferating sexual identities? Stacey D’erasmo surveys the landscape.

The End of Gender
Erica Kaufman on the queer poetics of Eileen Myles.

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