Women and Pills (part 2)

“Women who misbehave, who refuse to conform, and what is done to them.” Women are controlled by medication; many women even control themselves, voluntarily submitting to sedatives or stimulants in order to suppress or enhance whatever it is about their mind or body that they believe needs suppressing or enhancing. We are taught to control...

Women and Pills (part 1)

Women and pills have a long, troubled history. From opiates like morphine and laudanum, which were used as painkillers and to mitigate anxiety in the nineteenth century, to contemporary psychiatric medication, women have always been more likely to be prescribed, to take, and to suffer from addiction to drugs. There is some gender bias at...

Xans Make Her Dance

The final instalment of, ‘My Therapist Gave Me An Assignment: Write about Your Ex’. Xanax Saved My Life: A Love Story should be the title of my book should I ever decide to write one. I went to Crate & Barrel with one of my best friends to pick out household appliances for her new...

The Pill

[cycloneslider id=”the-pill”] After noticing how the colour of her pill packet matched the colour of her nails, illustrator Daisy Allen started wondering who Cilest would be if she were a real girl. What would she look like? What would she do with herself? Spawning from that, Allen decided to bring her contraception to life with an editorial exploring...