The Complex Exploration of Sex and Identity in Christopher Buehlman's 'The Necromancer's House'

Column by Bart Bishop
A look at Christopher Buehlman's portrayal of sexuality and gender fluidity in his novel of magic and myth.

The Subtle Beauty of A Quiet Place's Gender-Trope Upheaval

Column by Leah Rhyne May 7, 2018
The movie "A Quiet Place" is a great example of taking stereotypical gender tropes in a horror flick and turning them upside down.

Castration Anxiety and the Monstrous-Feminine in 'Thor: Ragnarok'

Column by Bart Bishop
A look at the gender politics of 'Thor: Ragnarok,' specifically in relation to Hela.
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A Conversation with MP Johnson About Language, Masculinity, and Her New Zine 'Trans Mess'

Interview by Rob Hart
Rob Hart talks to MP Johnson about her new zine, which collects funny, poignant, and personal snippets of her lifelong struggle with gender identity and transition to female.

Writing the Crime Scene: 5 Fictional Female Detectives of Note

Column by Repo Kempt
March is Women's History Month in most of the world (except Canada), so here's five fictional female detectives that you probably don’t know, but should.

8 Books for March 8th: International Women's Day

Column by Stephanie Bonjack March 8, 2017
Women around the world have been celebrating International Women's Day since 1909. It marks our struggle for rights and equality. Here are a few titles by women making a difference in the world.

Fiction Shmiction: The Complex Question of Writing as Activism

Column by Rob Blair Young September 29, 2015
If we're all creating a broader social narrative and constructing damaging roles, does that mean we should portray the world as it should be rather than as it is? Tough question. Let's unpackage it.

Girls on Film: Marvel vs. DC

Column by BH Shepherd March 23, 2015
Superhero comics have historically struggled with portraying fully realized female characters. How have Marvel and DC treated their women in the transition from the page to the screen?

Celebrating Women In Horror Month

Column by Christopher Shultz February 5, 2015
We know February for several holidays and celebrations of cultures. Add to that list the Women in Horror movement, which shines a light on female writers, filmmakers and artists working in the genre.

The Lost Boys of YA: Are Young Men Reading Less?

Column by Leah Dearborn January 27, 2015
Research reports that guys read fewer books of any genre and boys of every age group have scored worse than girls on reading tests for the last three decades. Why?

Bodices Don’t Rip: Writing Accurate Historical Fiction

Column by Leah Dearborn
Sitting in a classroom or wandering through a sterile museum, we often feel estranged from history. But history is really about people, and that’s what makes it such fertile ground for writers.
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Debate Over Gender-Specific Books Gaining Steam

News by Peter Derk March 19, 2014
Let Books Be Books, a UK campaign attempting to stop publishers from putting out books marketed in gender-specific ways, has been gaining momentum this week.

Genderbending Genre: The Left Hand of Darkness

Column by Rajan Khanna August 19, 2013
Ursula K. Le Guin's novel, "The Left Hand of Darkness," is not just a great science fiction novel, it is one of the first major works in the field to address issues of gender. We take a look why.

Write Like a Girl (or Guy)

Column by Kimberly Turner July 29, 2013
Let's talk about sex, baby... How do you write characters of the opposite sex who don't sound like a man doing a poor imitation of a woman, or vice versa? What are the real differences in how we talk?

It's Ladies Night and X-Men Drink Free

Column by Kelly Thompson June 6, 2013
A new X-Men #1 debuted to much critical acclaim last week, even though the all-female cast was a topic of heated debate early on.

Screenwriting: Insert Woman Here - Sidestepping the Sausage Fest

Column by Karina Wilson January 11, 2013
Where are all the female characters in your screenplay? Why should you care about adding some? Where can you put them?
Writer Among Top 3 Dream Jobs for Girls in US

LinkedIn Data Reveals Writer Among Top 3 Dream Jobs for Girls in US

News by Dan Shewan November 26, 2012
Data recently released by LinkedIn suggests that becoming a writer is a dream of many young girls in the U.S.
Men Still Dominate Bylines And Book Titles

Battle Of The Sexes: Men Still Dominate Bylines And Book Titles

News by Dave Reuss June 27, 2012
A new study shows women still held back when it comes to writing and publishing.

Blue is For Boys, Orange Is For Girls

Column by Cath Murphy March 12, 2012
The Orange long list, announced on March 8th, aims to promote women writers. But does it? And shouldn't female authors be ready to take on the men?