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Lindy West on Why Women's Issues are Considered Taboo


Alicia Menendez sits down with #ShoutYourAbortion co-founder Lindy West to discuss her blog confronting sexual assault, her memoir and why so many women’s issues are still considered taboo.

Shout Your Abortion named one of 2018's Best Books We Read in Broadly/VICE

Watch Lindy West on Amanpour & Co
Watch Lindy West on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Lindy West Interview Recap: AV Club
Read more: Bitch Magazine
Excerpt: Salon
Review: SeattlePI
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Jenny Brown and Birth Strike: The Hidden Fight Over Women's Work in The Nation & Jacobin


"In Birth Strike, Brown argues that the crackdown on women’s reproductive rights is a response, on the part of US policy-makers, to our declining birth rate. The ruling class worries that when women stop having babies, the smaller workforce will mean rising labor costs. Instead of improving the conditions for parenthood through universal child care and health care, free college tuition, more generous family leave, and higher wages, our elites have seized on what is, for them, a far less expensive solution: forced procreation." —Liza Featherstone, The Nation

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Oddly specific Booklist Recommendation: Girl Gangs, Biker Boys, and Real Cool Cats


For your friend who always gets distracted by the paperback spinners in thrift stores

You know the type, always hissing across the aisles at Goodwill or Salvation Army while you’re trying on that vintage sport coat. “Look at this one!” they say, giggling in disbelief and holding up a dog-eared 1960s paperback featuring a lurid and tastelessly illustrated cover designed to titillate readers of yore. This large-format book features hundreds upon hundreds of those fascinating covers, from Beatnik Wanton and Marijuana Girl to A Kiss a Day Keeps the Corpses Away and Jazzman in Nudetown. Even better, this is actually an entertaining and almost scholarly treatise on the phenomenon of “youthsploitation” novels, meaning your friend will learn a lot about the lurid literature written about and for juvenile delinquents, beats and bohemians, disaffected British youth, hippies and other counterculture types, musicians and groupies, and bikers and wannabes. With a resource this rich, there’s no need to face the sights, smells, and textures of “Sally Ann” to get your paperback kicks.

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This is Not a Witch Hunt-- Silvia Federici in the Boston Review


"Trivializing the death of those convicted of witchcraft—mainly women—is a form of violence, and Federici challenges us to consider that “denouncing the commerce made of women’s bodies and their death to boost tourism” is an important step in toppling patriarchal domination. By extension, one could argue that the flagrant misuse of the term “witch hunt” as a political meme also abuses the memory of those who were actually hunted as witches..."— Jonathan Beecher Field, Boston Review

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