In a coincidence of associated ideas, snippets from two political and feminist writers crossed with my reading of the new book by SA’s pedigreed supernatural/sci-fi/ suspense novelist Lauren Beukes, Afterland (Umuzi, Penguin Random House).

First a quote from Simone de Beauvoir: "Representation of the world, like the world itself, is the work of men." Then an interview with Lucy Ellmann, whose book Mimi ends with a matriarchal call to arms to save the world: "Now that we’re in a climate emergency, the closer we can get to zero births, the better."..

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