Hunger pains, anorexia and poetry

The connection between women and hunger is not as easy to make as, say, women and dieting, or women and body image, but there is connectivity. In global development terms for instance, women often hold the key to defeating hunger in their communities. In fact, some posit that empowering and equipping women could be the most powerful way to combat world hunger. At the other end of the ’empowerment’ spectrum, I find the gruesome physicality of force-feeding suffragettes on hunger strike as the ultimate insult to women’s personal and political autonomy.