Steph Auteri is a journalist who has written for the Atlantic, Pacific Standard, VICE, and elsewhere. Her more literary work has appeared in Poets & Writers, Creative Nonfiction, Southwest Review, and other publications. Her reported memoir, A DIRTY WORD, came out in 2018. She is the founder of GuerrillaSexEd.org. Favorite Genres: horror, comics, horror comics, and narrative journalism.
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Educate & Activate: Virtue Signaling

Feminist Book Club blog contributors are working together to create posts as an “Educate & Activate” series. We will define a term or movement, provide historical context, and give you additional resources to learn more. We believe that an educated populace can be better activists, accomplices and co-conspirators. It is important to note that these […]

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In See No Stranger, Valarie Kaur Advocates for Revolutionary Love

It’s easy to feel useless in the face of a white supremacist society that was created to bolster your own privilege. Sure, you can read every book on anti-racism. Support the small businesses built by those within marginalized communities. Lift up other voices. Attend rallies. But what good are you if you can only talk

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History Repeats Itself: A Timeline of Forced Sterilization by the U.S.

It was recently revealed that Dr. Mahendra Amin, a gynecologist working with the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia, was allegedly performing hysterectomies on Spanish-speaking female immigrants who did not fully understand the procedure — let alone why it was being performed on them. These allegations came to light after several immigration rights advocacy groups

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How Contemporary True Crime Books Are Exposing Societal Inequities

I didn’t start reading true crime until recently. Most of the books I flipped through over the years seemed overly lurid and salacious, lingering on the upsetting details of horrific acts that had been committed against female victims who nonetheless seemed blurry and vague, placed there as they were in order to illuminate the inner

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Educate & Activate: Reproductive Justice

Feminist Book Club blog contributors are working together to create posts as an “Educate & Activate” series. We will define a term or movement, provide historical context, and give you additional resources to learn more. We believe that an educated populace can be better activists, accomplices and co-conspirators. It is important to note that these

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How Music Can Be a Tool for Social Justice — Even During a Pandemic

The Montclair, New Jersey-based Women’s Fire Choir formed after the 2016 election. Drawn by equal parts hopelessness and helplessness, I attended a community singing workshop that was held in the small back room of my local independent bookshop. Pressed shoulder to shoulder with about 30 women, our chairs lined up in front of shelves filled

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Sex Matters Gives Women the Blueprint They Need to Demand the Healthcare They Deserve

I’ve spent the past 20 years writing about female sexual health. For the majority of that time, I suspected that I was suffering from some form of female sexual dysfunction, both because of “low” libido levels and because of painful intercourse. The male-dominated medical establishment wasn’t providing any answers. The desire to fix myself drove

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Laura Zam on Sexual Pain, Female Desire, and What Healthcare Professionals Are Missing

Nearly two years ago, I wrote a book about my sex life. More specifically, it was about the ways in which our culture treats female sexuality like a dirty word, framed within the context of my own sexual journey, which included coercive sex within the context of a sexually and emotionally abusive relationship and an

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Educate & Activate: Cultural Appropriation

Feminist Book Club blog contributors are working together to create posts as an “Educate & Activate” series. We will define a term or movement, provide historical context, and give you additional resources to learn more. We believe that an educated populace can be better activists, accomplices and co-conspirators. It is important to note that these

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