“Given the long, tainted history of sex under patriarchy, maybe we need reparative norms around sex.”
South African literature has long struggled to become drought-resistant: its plotlines, and even its paper production, presuppose abundant water.
History, Ann Stoler showed, is not just political action, disconnected from daily domestic acts. Intimate relations are worthy of serious study.
Does leaving the academy mean someone failed? Or does it mean, instead, that their scholarly strengths can now be made useful to the public?
“What are the compartments that have been placed around how we understand slavery and genocide and its impact on our lives and the world?”
The transnational struggles of Black women throughout history are different experiments in the practice of freedom.
“There are two ways of reading Black invisibility and one of them is futuristic.”
“How might scientific storytelling, or stories of science, shape the struggle for liberation?”
Franco-Moroccan writer Leïla Slimani reveals the dirty underside of bourgeois domesticity. Is her taboo breaking worthy of praise?
I May Destroy You explores how sexual violation is entangled in relations of visuality.
Why did Americans start distrusting small towns? The answer is one book, in which a woman moves from the city—and loses her freedom.
What was happening in the streets of Iran—what one white feminist couldn’t see—was a revolution, looking for different freedoms than the West.
“Being in community with people and teaching and learning outside of the confines of our classroom: I still actually really believe in that.”
“What we build and how we build influences the kinds of families and relationships that we can have or can even imagine.”
“There’s a passage early on in Book 2 that’s so smug, so macho (in a literary way), that’s so—ugh! I can’t explain it.”
When freedom will not arrive to us, can we get nearer to it?
How can experimental fiction help to democratize storytelling?
“There was something about the resilience of an organization like this. We are the longest-running feminist publishing house in the world.”
“Science is stronger if the community is diverse. And recent history supports that.”
#MeToo has revived an enduring feminist question: What do women want, and how can they get it?