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How Nancy Drew Helped Me Reject Toxic Masculinity and Gender Roles

A reader on taking to Nancy Drew and how the teen sleuth helped him defy the gender norms and toxic masculinity that surround the series.

Fascinating and Horrifying Facts from THE WOMEN’S ATLAS

  The Women’s Atlas, now in its fifth edition, is a useful snapshot of women’s lives around the world. Authored ...

Fascinating Tidbits about Female Bodies from GROSS ANATOMY

Women are socialized into having a fraught relationship with their bodies. These fascinating tidbits about female bodies from GROSS ANATOMY challenge that.

27 Books About Finding Yourself, Your Happiness, And Your Purpose

Books about finding yourself abound; the best ones are here.

Are You a Male Novelist Whose Female Characters Are Comically Underdeveloped?

Hey there, male novelist with an impressive eye for character detail. Are you extending that eye to the women in your book? Here are some signs, to be taken with the sodium chloride compound of your choice, that your female characters might be underdeveloped.

A Powerful Conversation With A Stranger on THE POWER

A reader recounts a powerful, impromptu discussion she shared with a stranger about the impact of reading THE POWER by Naomi Alderman.

The Erasure of Female Characters in Branded Merchandise

Where's Princess Leia? How about Jessica Jones or Wonder Woman? Oh, exclusively in the women's section. On the erasure of female characters in branded merchandise and why that's bunk.

Queer Shakespeare Roundup

Queer moments in Shakespeare

3 On A YA Theme: Gender Fluid, Genderqueer, Gender Unspecified

To round out Pride Month, I wanted to touch on a spectrum of identities that are covered by the LGBTQIA+ acronym, even though ...

3 On A YA Theme: Intersex Teens

I’ve slowly been making my way through the letters of LGBTQIA+ through these weekly YA posts, with bisexuality, asexuality, and ...

Women Aren’t Aliens (and Other Thoughts on the Andrew Smith Controversy)

The bookish internet blew up this week over the issue of sexism, female characters, and YA. And it all started when author ...

The Panels 2015 Read Harder Challenge

Here at Panels, we don’t limit our discussions to superhero comics from Marvel and DC. We talk about them, but ...

Women in Fiction Need More Than The Bechdel Test

Most are familiar with the Bechdel Test, named after Alison Bechdel. A work “passes” the test if it features at ...

My Kryptonite: Making Fun of Wolverine

Wolverine is one of Marvel’s most popular and enduring comic book superheroes, the centerpiece of all but one of the ...

We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit

Last week, BookCon announced their event’s lineup of blockbuster kid lit panelists. Jeff Kinney, James Patterson, Rick Riordan, and Lemony ...