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The World's First Author Was a Chill Priestess to an Even Chiller Goddess

Meet Enheduanna, the Mesopotamian princess and religious leader whose poetry celebrated a celestial goddess who could smash mountains and change people's gender.
Dee Cunning
5.3.18
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A Depressed PhD Student Meets the Merman of Her Wet Dreams in 'The Pisces'

In this exclusive excerpt from Melissa Broder's highly anticipated debut novel, protagonist Lucy meets an eerily sexy swimmer.
So Sad Today
Melissa Broder
5.1.18
Weed Week 2018
Weed Week 2018

A Feminist Weed Farmer's Guide to Growing

The weed industry is notoriously male-dominated. Madrone Stewart wants to change that.
Zing Tsjeng
4.20.18
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From Serena Williams to Michelle Obama: How Do We Portray Black Womanhood?

"The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic" features more than 60 writers unraveling dominant ideas of what Black women are "supposed" to be.
Vanessa Willoughby
4.17.18
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The Hidden Economic and Social Power Of Chinese Mistresses Today

Chinese mistresses occupy a historic and unique position in their society—at once feared, respected, and admired for their intelligence and wit. For many young women, being a mistress is equivalent to a full-time career.
Roseann Lake
4.16.18
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Judy Blume Taught a Generation of Young Girls to Be Feminists

For many of us, her young adult novels were practical guides to everything from puberty to consent.
Marisa Crawford
4.3.18
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'His Misogyny Lacks Imagination': Poets Critique Sean Penn's #MeToo Poem

The actor's supposedly fictional novel "Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff" ends with an epic poem where the woman-hating protagonist tries to take on the #MeToo movement. We asked professional poets what they think of it.
Sara David
3.28.18
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1 in 10 Women Have Endometriosis. Why Don't Their Doctors Believe Them?

In "Ask Me About My Uterus," Abby Norman exhaustively chronicles her years-long struggle to make doctors take her pain seriously—something everyone who suffers from endometriosis can sadly relate to.
Rebecca Stoner
3.7.18
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The Nonbinary Author Centering African Narratives Erased by Colonialism

In her hotly anticipated debut "Freshwater," author Akwaeke Emezi uses the ogbanje—an Igbo spirit—to explore metaphysical identity and resist the binary split between spirit and body.
Marta Bausells
2.21.18
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The Model Taking On the Fashion Industry With a No-Holds-Barred Memoir

Former Céline model Victoire Dauxerre was dangerously underweight and depressed within months of being scouted. She says she is striking back at the industry that nearly killed her.
Sirin Kale
2.13.18
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The Wellness Blogger Who Faked Cancer and Fooled the Entire World

Belle Gibson built an empire peddling lies about health food and cancer. We speak to the authors of a new book that uncovers the unbelievable magnitude of her fraud.
Sirin Kale
2.7.18
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Books

Beloved 'New Yorker' Cartoonist Roz Chast on Chasing Your Dreams

The iconic illustrator talks about her graphic memoir "Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York​," and gives her advice to young women who draw.
Marta Bausells
1.29.18