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Fiction: The Koi Empress by Nyla Bright

by Nyla Bright The sight of the two-foot-long golden koi in the grip of a snake was horrifying. Alexandria’s mother had told her some of the fish in her grandmother’s pond were worth as much as a car. “And,” she had said, “there is a goldfish that is priceless. Watch out for that one.”  The...

8 Must-Read Feminist Nonfiction Books
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8 Must-Read Feminist Nonfiction Books

by Margaret Kingsbury Trigger warning: this post discusses sexual abuse as well as other types of violence against women. Feminism is essential. 90% of women inmates in the United States have been sexually abused (Waldman and Levi). 700 million women alive today have been married under the age of 18 and  14% of Arab girls...

The Problem with Female Villains
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The Problem with Female Villains

by Ivonne Spinoza We like to think of villains as fun rebels these days. Characters like Loki from the Thor movies are fan favorites, and we even love questionable anti-heroes such as the modern interpretations of Sherlock we’ve gotten in recent years. If you look further, though, this sort of playful acceptance of attitudes that...

Review: The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
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Review: The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala

by Vanessa Rodriguez Esha is a young assassin given the mission to take out General Hotha of the Jansa army, not only to aid the Dharkan rebels, but also to avenge her family’s death at his command. Kunal, a soldier and the General’s nephew, is one of four guards given the opportunity to capture the...

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Fiction: Death Friend by Nora Bailey

I died for the sixth time on the night of my thirtieth birthday. It was highly annoying—after making it through my whole twenties alive, it had been too easy to think that I’d finally become normal. Damn, I can just hear my mother now. “What is normal and who says so anyway?” Okay, fine. But...

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HAPPY NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH, aka The Appropriation Season

by E.M. Lunsford Wait, you didn’t know it was Native American Heritage month? You’re not alone! And until recently, you’d never have known it by the White House declarations. Native American Heritage Month was begun in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush. Until then it varied from a day to a week long in...

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11 Indigenous Canadian Children’s Books To Read To Your Children

by Margaret Kingsbury In honor of Canadian History Week (Nov. 18-24) and Native American Heritage Month (November), we’ve gathered these eleven children’s books by Indigenous creatures to celebrate the rich cultures of Indigneous persons from Canada. While some of these children’s books tell stories from the past, others place Indigenous peoples in contemporary times. It’s...

Dear Straight People: Sex Isn’t Everything — What NOT to Say to Your Ace Friends
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Dear Straight People: Sex Isn’t Everything — What NOT to Say to Your Ace Friends

by Laila Winters It’s been several years since I emerged from the proverbial closet, first as bisexual and then as a full-fledged lesbian (identity is a confusing thing). From the very beginning of my journey into flannel and combat boots, I was fortunate to have champions in my corner, especially after a friend accidentally outed...