As the world opens up for men it shrinks for women, to a space the exact size of your body and no more. Because, first and foremost, a body is all you are.
The most important kind of freedom is to be who you really are. Expose yourself to your deepest fear. After that, fear has no power. But does it ever go away?
A thought struck me as I waved K off to work one morning - looking all hotshot and capable in his well-cut suit - and I resolved to talk to him about it when he returned...
After a couple of hours spent shooting pool with friends and listening to the jukebox in the comforting normalcy of the football club, I arrived home, at 10pm as promised, in my boyfriend’s car - my bike in the boot. To be honest the last forty-five minutes at the club had been uncomfortable as I grew more apprehensive about going back.
My heart thuds and there's a rushing noise in my ears, like a subway train. A single thought fills my head, " I HAVE to get away." My feet pound the asphalt and I risk a lightening glance over my shoulder at my pursuer. "Oh my God, he's gaining on me!" Panic squeezes me in it's icy, iron grip and my belief in my ability to outrun him vanishes.