“an Empress of a world … a world of ideas”

‘‘I would fain be as you are, an Empress of a world, and I shall never be at quiet until I be one … for every human creature can create an immaterial world fully inhabited by immaterial creatures … he may make a world of ideas, a world of atoms, a world of lights …’’…

“The best moments in reading…”

“The best moments in reading are when you come across something – a thought, a feeling, a way of looking at things – which you had thought special and particular to you. Now here it is, set down by someone else, a person you have never met, someone even who is long dead. And it…

Why #januhairy isn’t all that smooth

Originally posted on Cambridge Girl Talk:
Jess Molyneux It was as if the stars had aligned earlier this month, when I first heard about #januhairy: a combination of my two favourite things, feminism and wordplay, it was yet another way for us women to stick it to the patriarchy. I was initially impressed with the…

To the Lighthouse

A review, a rhapsody on Woolf’s gorgeous and seminal 1927 novel.

“Women talk.”

Originally posted on Cambridge Girl Talk:
Jess Molyneux  It’s not the only example of casual gender stereotyping in F.R.I.E.N.D.S which makes re-watching your favourite teenage TV show a revealing and uncomfortable experience. Ross is annoyed at Chandler for spilling the beans to his girlfriend Janice (who in turn spills them to Ross’s girlfriend Rachel) on…

Charlotte Mew and May Sinclair

Originally posted on Something Rhymed:
We were delighted when Jess Molyneux got in touch. The youngest contributor to Something Rhymed, Jess first contacted us when she was still a sixth-former. We were impressed and touched that she had traveled from Manchester to Nuneaton to attend the George Eliot Fellowship’s Annual Lecture, which we delivered last…

On “healthy” lifestyles

Originally posted on Cambridge Girl Talk:
Jess Molyneux Whether it’s the good pain and the ‘don’t make me laugh’ after you aced an ab workout the night before, the dubious pride of the struggle to make it down the stairs after leg day, or even the thrill you get from pounding to a beat, exercise…

On Political Correctness

Debunking some of the myths surrounding ‘PC gone mad’ and considering the significance of our linguistic choices.

Howards End

On connection, harmony, and female strength in Forster’s masterpiece of a novel.