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Muslim Women in the Global Era
Has Arab Spring made life better for Muslim women? Has new media brought feminists together, or has it become a tool to organize the opposition? This essential collection is updated with a new introduction and essay, offering an insider view on how Muslim women are navigating technology, public space, secularism/fundamentalism, and citizenship.
The Best of the Magazine that Illuminated the Sex Industry and Started a Media Revolution
$pread, an Utne award–winning magazine by and for sex workers, was independently published from 2005 to 2011. This collection features the enduring essays about sex work around the world, first-person stories that range from deeply traumatic to totally hilarious, analysis of media and culture, and fantastic original illustrations and photographs produced just for the magazine. The book also features the previously untold story of $pread and how it has built a wider audience in its posthumous years. What started as a community tool and trade magazine for the sex industry quickly emerged as the essential guide for people curious about sex work, for independent magazine enthusiasts, and for labor and civil rights activists.
Marriages, affairs, suicides, murder, madness, and true love – Rajmahal is the story of families brought together in a Calcutta mansion over a century of change. Generations of tenants struggle to come to grips with the social, economic, and intellectual forces working in India as it moves from the British Raj to independence. The personal battles of ex-pats, colonizers, Hindus and Muslims are a mirror of the struggle for possession of the country’s future. “Rajmahal is Sengupta’s Howard’s End.” – Nadine Gordimer
Your front door lock is broken and your landlord doesn’t give a damn. And someone gets in and rapes you. Jana Leo’s exploration of the public and private spaces in Rape New York merges the vulnerability of the city with that of the body itself. A text that touches on urban planning, gentrification, slumlords, as well as rape and its physical, emotional, and legal repercussions.
The Silent Duchess is set in early eighteenth century Sicily and is the story of Marianna Ucria, daughter of an aristocratic family and victim of a mysterious childhood trauma that has left her deaf and mute. Forced to marry her uncle, this novel explores life for women in a culture where arranged marriages and endless childbearing are the norm. After the death of her uncle-husband, Mirianna embarks on a journey of self-exploration, and after uncovering the cause of her disabilities, discovers a sense of autonomy and is able take control of her life.
A Play and Guidebook for Combating Sexism and Sexual Violence
Remember the slut at your school? Whether used as a slur or reclaimed as an expression of sexy confidence, this word has been used as an acceptable excuse for rape, bullying, and the sexual double standard. In the spirit of The Vagina Monologues, this riveting, critically acclaimed play, written in collaboration with New York City high school students, sheds light on enduring feminist issues. The play is accompanied by production notes, a guide for talk-backs, and provocative essays, providing the resources to inspire change within our communities and ourselves.
Originally published in 1923, this epic tale of motherhood, money, and sacrifice inspired the first radio soap opera, a play, and three films, including the Oscar-nominated 1937 movie starring Barbara Stanwyck. Stella Dallas brings into sharp focus our societal obsession with the judgment of mothers, offering cultural commentary that is still shockingly relevant nearly one hundred years after its initial publication.
An outstanding example of dystopian fiction sometimes compared to 1984, Katherine Burdekin’s Swastika Night examines the world of male violence by weaving a tale of feudal Europe seven centuries into a post-Hitlerian society, “when men rule the world.” Burdekin published the novel under the pseudonym Murray Constantine. In it, she explores the connection between gender and political power and anticipates modern feminist fiction by drawing attention to the implications of conventional notions of masculinity and femininity.