How to Be a Woman

Houston, we have a problem. Caitlin Moran’s How to Be a Woman, which was released across the pond last year with much success, was released in the United States this summer. It’s been marketed as a memoirish feminist manifesto, with Moran being billed as a British version of Tina Fey and her book being billedContinue reading “How to Be a Woman”

The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II

I first stumbled upon Svetlana Alexievich’s work about ten years ago, when I visited the library and randomly picked up a copy of her brilliant Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of Nuclear Disaster. Of course, Alexievich has been around much longer than that; Voices from Chernobyl was published 20 years ago, and she’s been chroniclingContinue reading “The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II”

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More

Janet Mock had a recognizable presence on social and mainstream media for a few years now. In 2011, Marie Claire published a profile of her, her first major introduction to the public as a trans woman and activist. A lot of people got to know her for the #girlslikeus hashtag on Twitter, which allows trans womenContinue reading “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More”

Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, & the Dawn of the Modern Woman

I know it’s Audrey Hepburn’s most iconic film, but I never was a fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s (blasphemy, I know). When I first saw it a few years ago, I just didn’t find it as enjoyable as her other films. Plus, of course, there’s the icky racist Asian character played by Mickey Rooney. I do,Continue reading “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.: Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, & the Dawn of the Modern Woman”

The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking

Iris Chang shot to fame with the release of her 1997 best-selling book, The Rape of Nanking. As a writer, Chang was deeply committed to shedding light on injustices. The child of immigrants, Iris had grown up hearing stories about the crimes committed by the Japanese in China during World War II. One particular atrocityContinue reading “The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking”