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The Skyler White problem: can we accept complex female characters?

Tweet*Spoilers for Breaking Bad, Buffy, Firefly, and Game of Thrones* Sophia McDougall’s great article “I hate Strong Female Characters” has been posted all over my social networks in the past week. I agree that female characters in pop fiction rarely get to be full, complex people, and that “strength” often functions as another one-dimensional, unrealistic [...]
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Quote of the Day: “People only say I’m angry because I’m black and I’m a woman.”

TweetNovelist Jamaica Kincaid offers some #realtalk in response to a question about the role of anger and humor in her writing in a recent interview at The American Reader. People only say I’m angry because I’m black and I’m a woman. But all sorts of people write with strong feeling, the way I do. But [...]
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Quick hit: Four fictional heroines walk into a bar…

Tweet… Actually, they walk into Buffy Summers’ house. And have a girls’ night! Imagine Bella Swan, Katniss Everdeen, Hermione Granger and Buffy, in a room together. This is probably how it would go down. Bella: But boys are obviously the emotional crux of our lives! Edward practically looks at me the wrong way and I go [...]
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Win a copy of So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman

TweetThis week, Cara Hoffman’s debut novel So Much Pretty comes out in paperback, and today, we are giving away copies of this remarkable book to five lucky Feministing readers. I reviewed So Much Pretty last year: … this is a book about how every one of us colludes in rape culture. It’s about how we [...]
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Not Oprah’s Book Club: Maine

TweetMaine is the second novel from J. Courtney Sullivan, who I interviewed last year, and who co-edited the anthology Click with our own Courtney. Like Sullivan’s first novel Commencement, Maine shows us the world through the eyes of four different women. This time, however, the women are connected not by the bonds of friendship, but [...]
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