In this episode, Charlotte and Lucy talk to writer and lecturer Tiffani Angus. They discuss the estrangement of women’s bodies in apocalyptic fiction.

While there is a lot of genre fiction written about the apocalypse, many would fail a ‘realism’ test when it comes to basic bodily functions. Women menstruate. They go through menopause. They suffer from endometriosis. Both men and women urinate, suffer from diseases, age. But apocalyptic fiction would have us think humans do none of the above. It is these practicalities of living through an apocalypse that are hopelessly neglected in our current fiction.

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