Shameful | Curio


20 mins | Jul 31, 2021

A reflection on the complexities of female pain. Shame has been used as a tool to regulate the behaviour of women and is often seen as a ‘painful individuality.’ Writing about painful memories - such as sexual assault - is an exercise in the management of shame and the complex societal expectations surrounding women’s suffering. Author Katherine Angel explores how women who write about their pain suffer a double shaming: once for getting injured, twice for their act of self-exposure.

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