Zadie McCracken is a sixteen-year-old Melbourne-based writer, fond of cats, books, TV, film, fashion, and art.
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Interview of Ella by Zadie McCracken // I learnt to embrace the certain stages in my cycle. For example, if I’m in “winter” and I just don’t want to see anyone, I’ll take some time to myself, make a tea and watch some Gilmore Girls.Read More
Review by Zadie McCracken // Photographs by Hannah Forsdike // Art by Freya Bennett // Walking away from Period Witches, I felt a sense of joy and renewal. The day had passed quickly, but without rush. I had a bag full of sweet treats, a head full of new knowledge, and a sweet feeling settled in my chest.
Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Freya Bennett // There are still days I wake up and feel so bad I want to rip out every hair on my body from its follicle. But that’s okay, because most of the time I feel just fine—and so, thankfully, does my hair.Read More
Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Freya Bennett // In the last few decades, incredible achievements have been made to improve and revolutionize the way society views the human body, its appearances, and its complexities.Read More
Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Camila Martinez De Guerenu // When I was fourteen I stared at the profiles of almost-friends, too-cool-for-me-really friends, and felt sick. Why wasn’t my Instagram as cute, as clean, as picturesque, as perfect as theirs? Why wasn’t I just like them? What’s wrong with me?
Interview of Ella Crowley by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // I guess I just feel like it shouldn’t be a big deal. Everyone should know about it. I shouldn’t have to feel embarrassed when telling people about my period, I should just be able to say “yeah, I’m on my period”
Writing by Zadie McCracken // Illustration by Sofie Birkin // The way we would hurt each other, accidentally or on purpose.We would make groups and cut each other out of them, spread rumours, scowling, whispering, teasing. It was fun, and intoxicating, and destructive, and dangerous.Read More
Interview of Joanna Nilson by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Marta Braggio // Lots of women have periods but some women don’t, so it’s important to remember that when we have these types of discussions. That can be for a bunch of reasons – they’re trans, they have hormonal issues or have had a hysterectomy…some men have periods!Read More
Interview by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // I think that it’s annoying having all those other symptoms, like cramps and everything. If I didn’t get those, I’d probably actually enjoy getting my period.Read More
Writing by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // I’m sitting in an abandoned classroom. It’s just become spring, and sun filters in through a half-open window. The ceiling is pattern with holes, and I’m lounging on a desk, my laptop open in front of me.
Writing by Zadie McCracken // Photograph by Sandra Lazzarini // I will be talking to various girls and women about their monthly visitors. We’ll discuss it all: PMS, pads, tampons, cramps, stained sheets, cravings, hunger, mood swings, messes, Panadol, general annoyance, first times, hospital trips, vomiting, fainting, exhaustion, bathrooms that look like murder scenes.