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'The real nuts and bolts'

28 May 2007

'I never liked that tradition of post-feminist writing which is all celebrating periods and pregnancy. I'm much more interested in the real nuts and bolts of how women experience their bodies. Because that's how I feel I experience my body. I'm continually aware of have I got a blister, do I need to go to the loo, is my bra too tight - really mundane things like that which seem to be really bound up with my femininity. I know men must experience their bodies in similarly impressive ways.'

Sarah Waters, author of The Night Watch in the Independent on Sunday.