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When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy – a review

By Anna Hill Content warnings: domestic and sexual violence When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy is the first book I’ve read from the Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist this year (you can see the whole longlist and the newly released shortlist here), and it has certainly set a high standard. I’ve never read anything from Kandasamy…

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“Probably Just” – a poem by Jane Atoms

Content note: Domestic violence, partner violence My mother says, “I know you can do better” But she probably just doesn’t like the way you look. Because I love you, and I know you love me too. My sister says, “He wouldn’t be a responsible father” But she probably just thinks you party too hard. Because…

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It’s either lunch or a tampon

By Kaylen Forsyth What could easily be mistaken as the dismal opening to some generic dystopian fiction is actually a common reality for over 1.2 billion women across the globe. Yes, you read that figure correctly. You can put down your cup of coffee and rub your eyes as much as you want – the figure won’t…

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Being open about mental health: what about eating disorders?

Content note: Mental health, eating disorders Society, in the last couple of years, has changed with regards to attitudes to mental illness. Depression and anxiety are becoming less stigmatised – people talk about them a lot, it’s more acceptable to use humour as a form of coping with them, and it’s more understood. Maybe this…

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Naming myself Witch

By Anna Hill As a kid I desperately wanted to be a witch. Now I’m grown up (kinda…) and I am one! I was always fascinated by the idea of witchcraft, but it was only in January 2017 that I really decided to dedicate time to witchcraft and develop my own practice. I think my first…

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Cafeteria Judaism and feminine queer identity

By Kara Sherman “Man shall not lie with man as man does with a woman. For it is an abomination” (Leviticus 18:22) Religion isn’t always easy. I often like to pretend it is — buzzwords like “interfaith” and “pluralism” pervade my discussions about faith. But every now and again, I’m reminded that the history of…

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“On Anxiety” anthology – a review

By Pip Williams Content note: Discussion of anxiety On Anxiety is the first anthology from British micropublisher 3 of Cups. The press was set up by founder Clare Bogen, with the admirable goal of “providing a platform for voices otherwise unheard in the mainstream.” This means that On Anxiety is a diverse project, full of wide-ranging voice and experiences…

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What the Torah says about sexual assault

By Sofia Heller Content Note: Sexual assault, sexual violence “Dustin Hoffman accused of sexual assault.” “Mario Batali Tells Fans: Sorry for the Sexual Assault, Here’s a Cinnamon Roll Recipe.” “More Women Accuse Russell Simmons Of Rape, Sexual Assault.” “California Democratic Party official resigns after rape, misconduct allegations.” “Former Intern Accuses Wyoming’s Secretary of State of Sexual Assault.” “Houston firefighter arrested…

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