Sometimes they were quiet in the car and sometimes they talked.
Early One Morning
‘When I think of menopause I don’t think of hot flashes; I am not here to talk about hot flashes.’ Mary Ruefle on menopause.
Urvashi Butalia on the life of transgender Mona Ahmed and her search for a feminine identity.
The Weak Spot
‘Murder class was the new thing, but of course they didn’t call it that. They called it Specialised Life Skills for Girls.’ – Sophie Mackintosh
woman is a construct
‘woman is basically meant / to be a residential complex’ – A poem by Angélica Freitas, translated from the Portuguese by Hilary Kaplan.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
‘The baby was now three months old, and she had not had more than half an hour alone since his birth in February.’
With a Bang
‘There had been an unbelievable amount of talk about the weather, not to mention the end of the world and so on’.