Woman reading

OK, ladies. Are you bored with the reading selection in your doctor’s office? Tired of clicking on apparent women’s interest news stories only to get an eye-full of some young starlet who’s fallen off the wagon again? Fume no more. We’ve compiled a “smart woman’s reading list” just for you covering everything from blogs to magazines, to smart websites and a podcast.

Magazines

Bitch

“The magazine publishes columns, features, and interviews—all of which tend to be fairly wordy—as well as shorter, snarky pieces of media response and analysis. We also feature book and music reviews, a section called Love It/Shove It that offers short rants and raves, and an ongoing feature called the Bitch List that highlights cool media and pop-culture products/projects.”

For those of you who’d rather get your bitchy news online rather than in print, Bitch also runs a website. The content on the site concerns current events, pop culture, and promotes reader interaction.

Other similar, but unique magazines: BustMs.

Websites & blogs

Sociological Images

This blog presents current topics concerning sociology (society, gender, culture) in short-form blogs and images.

Jezebel

Snarky news and pop culture bits for smart women with a dose of dirty.

Women’s Media Center

“The Women’s Media Center makes women visible and powerful in the media. Led by our President, Julie Burton, the WMC works with the media to ensure that women’s stories are told and women’s voices are heard. We do this in three ways: through our media advocacy campaigns; by creating our own media; and by training women to participate directly in media. We are directly engaged with the media at all levels to ensure that a diverse group of women is present in newsrooms, on air, in print and online, as sources and subjects.”

Smart Bitches

This site is run by brainy gals who enjoy talking about trashy romance novels.

“Smart Bitches Trashy Books began in 2005 as a community of romance readers eager to talk about which romance novels rocked their worlds, and which ones made them throw the book with as much velocity as possible. Since then our site has grown to include a community of incredibly smart and savvy romance readers, as well as folks who are curious about all those fuchsia books with the tangerine skies and turquoise ruffles they used to see in the drug stores. In April 2009, our book Beyond Heaving Bosoms: The Smart Bitches’ Guide to Romance, was published by Touchtone/Fireside, and is now in use in undergraduate courses at Yale, Princeton, and DePaul.”

and a Podcast…

The Beauty Shop

NPR’s host Michel Martin hosts “the Beauty Shop”, an occasional (approximately bi-monthly) segment during NPR’s “Tell Me More” show. The women on the ‘cast talk about the week’s news and debate. Each woman has different political and social views.

If you’ve got a little girl, get her reading, too! Cuddle up in your reading spot, and consider ordering her these eco-kiddie books.

image: Spirit-Fire