Who Counts as a Wench Anyway? Aphra Behn Speaks Out*

It’s not easy being one of the only wenches on Grub Street. Dread of woman, among the woman-born, never seems to go out of fashion, even though–in fact, because of–the fact that every person who ever walked the earth owes their very life to a woman, to her body, and her care. Life can be […]

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Open letter to the Women’s Prize

To the directors and trustees, We write to you as concerned readers and authors. Originally, the Women’s Prize was established to recognise the contribution of female writers who were overlooked by other major literary awards. The founder launched it in response to the all-male shortlist for the 1991 Booker Prize. Over the years, the Women’s […]

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On #IStandWithMaya

Since Employment Judge Tayler’s decision in Maya Forstater’s Employment Tribunal case earlier this week, the parameters of the debate have shifted, bigtime. The kicker was that JK Rowling voiced her support on Twitter, to multiple millions of followers, catapulting Maya’s story onto the front page of national newspapers. Everyone is now talking about the unfairness […]

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