For women, empowerment has been a struggle. Most women and girls are socially conditioned by their families, the media and advertising to look and feel a certain way, putting on added pressure to be perfect and falsely promising them them this is the route to empowerment.
CW: Sexual violence, violence against women
Genres are malleable. They can transform or expand their scope and they can bleed into each other so much that solid definitions become troublesome. From that perspective, it is best not to define a genre as a specific thing but rather a set of always expanding elements that, when used on their own or in conjunction with other elements, can achieve a narrative aim.
Burning, burning red spits in to the black of the air
swirling orange tendrils join it there
spears of amber shudder up from the depths of the barks
electric light, retracting –
from the constellations of the stars.
The apple juice drops seep into my mouth
and the sourness hits the top of my tongue
I pause and swallow