Outside, a technicolour sunset is giving way to the silvery sweep of searchlights, as a hand tugs the blackout curtain across the sky. There is a scraping of chairs and then the snap of a switch as the projector starts up. The room fills with the sharp chemical smell of acetate, the ionized stink of…
‘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 court had given me six months to prove I was a responsible adult and a fit mother’.
‘Europe awoke to a freezing post-war dawn. The winter of 1947 was the worst ever recorded.’
‘Breaking your family’s heart was the price you paid for rescuing your own.’