A faint click opens the air. A disembodied voice calls out: ‘Adult Code 100, Adult Code 100, 5 East. Adult Code 100, 5 East.’ Or it might be ‘Code Blue, Code Blue 3C, Code Blue 3C.’ From place to place the wording varies, but the message is always the same: somewhere in the hospital, someone…
The Perfect Code
‘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.
Rachel Cusk on motherhood, marriage and separation.
‘One by one they’re led into the box. They swear their oath. They confirm their name, their employment, why they were where they say they were, what it was they saw.’
‘I’m going to die out here he thought, I’m going to die trying to save this beast in front of my boy.’