The Bell Jar

By Sylvia Plath, published 1963 This is an extract from my doctoral thesis, in which I analyze several novels on the theme of fertility rights. In The Bell Jar, Plath sets up a world that is familiar since her protagonist struggles to access contraception. However, unusually, Esther expresses fear of pregnancy and believes her entireContinue reading “The Bell Jar”

The Business of Birth Control

Documentary, screened with The Trouble Club at The Vagina Museum, London19 October, 2022 Members of the Trouble Club (like me!) were invited to a screening of a new documentary, The Business of Birth Control, from Abby Epstein and Ricki Lake. The filmmakers describe it as an examination of “the complex relationship between hormonal birth controlContinue reading “The Business of Birth Control”