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Objects living in a world of objects

Female beauty is a celebrated thing, a pursued thing, a commodified thing. Beauty standards exist to be aspired to – even if you come up short you should give those shallow heights a shot. Eleanor Roosevelt when asked if she had any regrets gave a solemn reply “I only wish that I had been prettier”. Pursuing

The Unbearable Lightness of Lawn

Lahore in the summer is colonised by lawn billboards. Fifty-foot women flanking the Jinnah flyover informing us that lawn season is here. IT’S HERE, and this is only Vol 1. I think their ubiquity is supposed to elicit a Pavlovian reaction in women stuck in traffic. But behind those lawn billboards, behind every patronising reassurance

An Open Application to Cornetto Pop Rock

To Whom It May Concern, I am writing this letter to you as an application to appear on your programme Cornetto ™ Pop Rock. Look, I know what you do. The performance, the music, the showbiz, the glitz and the glamour. I get it. And I am certain that I tick all those boxes. But

Café Mansplain

The mansplain - we’ve all been there and had it done to us. In Sweden they even had to open a hotline for women so they could talk about it – that’s how often it happens. Of course men derailed the entire thing because they kept calling to report they were worried they’d mansplained to someone and

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