Cover Photo: A screenshot from the TV show "Fleabag" in which the character Fleabag sits at a bar with an older woman. They are leaning toward one another and drinking dirty martinis.
Photograph via BBC Studios

Menopause Is More Than Just a Punchline

Menopause is still treated more like a throwaway joke than an experience that deserves to be explored with any kind of artistic or emotional depth.



Women are born with pain built in. It’s our physical destiny. Period pains, sore boobs, childbirth. We have pain on a cycle for years and years and years. And then, just when you feel you’re making peace with it all, what happens? The menopause comes. The fucking menopause comes!


The Watcher

The Breakfast Club

Golden GirlsAb Fab

Is itBetter Things

Broad City


 Oh my goodness, no. I’m flattered you asked, even though many women my age do experience spotting.


  Oh, I totally forgot about menopause!


  Menopause isn’t represented in mainstream media . . .



Sunset BoulevardWhatever Happened to Baby Jane?

Top Gun


The Real Housewives of Beverly HillsReal Housewives and the Menopause

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Sue Carter is Deputy Editor at Inuit Art Quarterly, the only publication dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of Inuit and circumpolar Indigenous arts. She is a regular contributor to the Toronto Star’s culture section, focusing on visual arts and books. Her award-winning writing has appeared in The Walrus, Chatelaine, and Reader’s Digest, among many other publications.