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The Feminist's Bookshelf: BITCH PLANET

The Feminist's BookshelfLily MyersComment

This week I binge-read the entire first book of Bitch Planet, the FANTASTIC feminist sci-fi dystopian series by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro. In this future dystopia, women who divert from traditional femininity are deemed Non-Compliant or "NC", and shipped off to an intergalactic women's prison: Bitch Planet. The world is governed by a paternalistic panel of "Fathers" who make sure the Non-Compliants are sequestered and the remaining women are compliant as can be. It's hilarious, dark, complex, and full of enough feminist anger to light a fire under your belly. Get your hands on a copy-- the artwork is so amazing that you've got to read this collection in person. I can't wait for volume 2 to come out in April!

Adding to the feminist badassery of this entire volume, vintage-looking "ads" for the patriarchy are scattered throughout the book. They're hilarious:

I've been digging feminist comics so much lately. I just finished Alison Bechdel's graphic novel Fun Home, which is a beautifully complex exploration of family, queerness, literature, and coming-of-age. I can't recommend it highly enough!

I keep drooling over the feminist graphica section at my favorite bookstore; how cool to be turned on to a genre I never knew existed! Next up for me is Paper Girls, a mystery series about twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls who discover the biggest secret of all time... I can't wait!