In 1919, E.E. Cummings impregnated his lover, the separated wife of his beloved friend Scofield Thayer, Elaine. Unfortunately, Cummings left Elaine and the child alone and abandoned, and Thayer took on the role of the girl’s father until he and Elaine officially divorced one year later.
But this story isn’t a tragic one; it’s a poignant one about doing the best we can for those we love. After that year apart, Cummings could no longer refuse to acknowledge his daughter. Read More
I am so sick of the lame old stereotype “women are more emotional than men.” Aside from being blatantly false, it does damage. Often, women are disrespected in the workplace if we get heated over something important, or we’re told to “stop PMS-ing” if we have a personal drama. I will always remember the Sex and the City episode in which Samantha Jones is berated for being a working woman and cries only when she gets in the elevator. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 28, 2013
Who doesn't secretly dream of owning their own bookshop? Rows of yellowing volumes filled with harrowing tales, a pastel sundress for every day of the week, a grumpy Ron Swanson-esque cat on the windowsill...It would be like living in a Joanna Newsom music video.
Finally, the chance to make that asbestos-filled dream a reality has arrived! The owners of Chicago's Women and Children First, one of the last independent feminist bookstores in the United States, are looking to hand over the master key to a new owner. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 12, 2013
Growing up an avid reader, my love for fictional female characters was funneled towards girls who shared my love of literature. Roald Dahl's Matilda was always something of a soul sister, and I found another when I tuned into the WB (guys, remember the WB?!) and met Rory Gilmore.
Gilmore Girls quickly became one of my favorite shows; my mom and I would make plans to watch together and try to imitate the fast-talking, binge-eating, straight-shooting style of Lorelai and Rory. Read More
BY Kelly Maxwell
on Mar 22, 2013
In A Lady Awakened, the heroine uses the hero for sex (Bantam)
I’m sure we all can admit that we have skimmed the romance novel section at a bookstore or finished an entire panty-scorcher at the beach… She storyline is all-too-familiar…
An example of a NON-Feminist Romance Novel/Memoir
Well, according to Jessica Luther, writing for The Atlantic, there is a new genre in town. It is sexy, smart, and features a strong female protagonist who doesn’t fall for the violent, brooding fella. Read More