Heather O'Neill is a novelist and essayist. Her works include Lullabies for Little Criminals, The Lonely Hearts Hotel, and When We Lost Our Heads. She lives in Montreal.
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There is something revolutionary in their will to be free.
When girls begin to work in groups, their latent potential can be the stuff of horror films.
We are told we will forget the pain, as though all the trauma of childbirth evaporates from our minds. But it did not for me.
In a horror film, the sight of a woman alone fills us with dread. We expect terrible things to happen to her. But she also fills us with a sense of supernatural expectation.
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