Our concepts of motherhood and female desire don’t sit comfortably together. The ideal of the nurturing, loving mother, selflessly caring for her children, and the woman who is sexual, aroused, naked and open, don’t combine easily in our imaginations. Although sex obviously leads to pregnancy, there aren’t many authors who explore this post-birth conflict without … Continue reading How to be Both
The third review in my series of writing about sex explores the modern adulteress through two novels written by Leila Slimani and Jill Alexander Essbaum.
For me, Max Porter's 2015 debut, Grief is the Thing with Feathers, captures the precarious and unreal nature of grief like nothing else. It accompanied me through this last year.
In 1762, Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote an influential book on the education of boys and girls. From a modern perspective, his views on the fundamental differences between the sexes are exceptional. Do traces of them still remain?
Nursing another woman's child used to be an respected and common form of employment in Britain. What happened?