Walking through the door of my own imagination

Illustration by Louisa Bertman

I didn’t realize that I was a feminist until I read a story in which a noblewoman named Éowyn plunged her sword into the the Witch-King of Angmar in J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic, The Lord of The Rings. It wasn’t the demons, ghouls, or wizards that enthralled me most in the series — though they certainly helped — it was the idea that a woman could fight back. I was eight years old, awkward, chubby, and had as yet no exposure to the theory around which we currently discuss feminist ideology — but I knew that I wanted to be…

Jennifer Neal

Jennifer Neal is a writer, journalist, musician, visual artist and stand-up comedian living and working in Berlin. Website: http://orijennofspecies.com

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