‘Since my experience with the Nuvaring, I’m now petrified of how contraception will affect me’

For so many women, the main struggle faced with their periods is knowing which contraception to use. This conversation played a key role in the latest Sassy Event, ‘Mentioning Menstruation’, where women shared their own experiences and opinions about how they choose to manage and control their cycles. What appeared was an understanding and respect for each woman’s personal decision, an individual approach that is reflected in their own wants and needs.   Here, Ixta Belfrage retells her story of her scarring experience with the Nuvaring and how it has affected her… Read More

Let’s talk PMS

With a history of working for women’s health in Auckland, New Zealand, Marjorie discusses her involvement in running a special clinic for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), working to find ways to help each individual woman’s needs.   Can you explain what Premenstrual syndrome is? Premenstrual syndrome refers to the symptoms you get in the luteal phase (the last part) of the cycle, before the period comes. The experiences of women is hugely varied as are the symptoms. With that in mind, the clinic was set up and run by a multi-disciplinary team; a doctor, a nurse and a psychologist to help those women who struggled. How did the clinic run? The initial appointment would involve asking the women to talk about their history; when they started their periods, what their periods were like, any changes over time and… Read More

About My Period by Giulia Mangoni

   I first remember getting my period, aged 14, as I approached the front steps of my parent’s house, feeling this liquid slipping out in the weirdest manner. After astonishing yet thrilling confirmation in the bathroom, I lined my underwear with toilet paper and contemplated the brownish blood that I had found there. Finally, menstruation had arrived. I remember feeling ‘ready’, and ‘able’, but for what, I wasn’t exactly sure.     I started to notice that during these times almost anything made me cry. Very quickly, I was doubled up in pain at school in the nurse’s bed or unable to leave the house on a sunny weekend. I… Read More

Artist Odilia Suanzes’s works on paper celebrate the beauty of a Menstrual Cycle

  I’ve always had problems with my periods. I‘ve had them too often. My cycle would be last for 20 days, sometimes less, between 15 –18 days. Losing a lot of blood would make me more tired.  I found having a period annoying, disgusting, making me reject the experience.     But then I questioned the idea of using the blood in my art to change my perspective about my menstrual cycle. To embrace this part of being female by creating something. Normally we will relate all the emotional ups and downs felt during the month as something negative, but we can approach it more… Read More

113 Butterflies

113 Butterflies   Since I was a child I’ve always been very slim, doctors diagnosed me with a sort of assimilation issue that always characterised my childhood… I was quite jealous of my peers when their boobs started to grow giving to their bodies a graceful shape; my turn arrived much later on!   I was a skinny, curly haired tomboy who loved the outdoors, other children’s company and experiencing a sense of freedom. I enjoyed the parties of the Palestinian community that my dad used to organise in our house; they were so loud and spontaneous. It was from those parties that I learnt… Read More

Hannah Barclay: on the power of poetry

Anyone who has kept a diary can relate to the therapeutic usefulness of writing.  Bridget Jones provides a comical example of these benefits whilst telling tales of heart ache embedded within the turmoil of daily life. Writing can also inspire art. Sylvia Plath’s Journals, kept during the last twelve years of her life, provide an insight into what became the basis for her work, including an extraordinary collection of deeply personal poetry.  Poet and artist, Hannah Barclay, shares with Sassy her views on writing from a personal and autobiographical approach. In between three of her own poems, Barclay discusses how writing has become a tool for understanding herself, the importance for open conversations, and the book which inspired thoughts on how powerful one’s psyche can be.   What role does poetry play in your life?  Poetry helps… Read More

ARK debuts with a secure sense of self

A few days before the release of her debut Single ‘Made for Us’, ARK sits down with Sassy to talk about the catharsis of songwriting, the celebration of female artists and understanding oneself. ARK’s debut EP is filled with lyrics presenting emotionally mature ideas embedded within sophisticated melodies and compositions. During this interview ARK allows for the honesty and truth heard in her music to shine through. A calm and focused woman whose sweet and playful sense of humour reminds us of her youthfulness. These genuine characteristics remind us that ‘what you see is what you get’. Having worked as a singer/songwriter… Read More

Giulia Mangoni in discussion with Bethany Burgoyne

London-based artist Bethany Burgoyne explores the delicate theme of abortion and the way it relates to the body through her colourful, humorous and oddly disturbing digital paintings. The awkward is placed alongside the beautiful, the angular against the curvy. In her new series ‘Homage to My Sisters’, seductive lines swim alongside repellent forms to create images that at once intrigue and cause a reaction. Although sex in an undercurrent through the work, the body in her representations refuses to be sexualized and consumed as an object. Instead, a disturbance is felt. Hairs… Read More

Bodily Exploration

Alakina Mann’s illustration ‘Sexualite Egalite Liberte’ was recently showcased in London’s “Nasty Women” Exhibition. She talks us through her ideas and thoughts about sexuality and how it has influenced her work. My drawing practice has always been quite body-lead; how it feels, how I feel about it, it’s the one thing I can trust and have complete authority on. Nobody can tell you what it’s like to live in your own body. In my bodily exploration I couldn’t help but notice that I kept coming up against a wall, a boundary of… Read More


I live in constant fear of failure. Every decision I make is marked by high levels of anxiety and months (sometimes years) of afterthought. “Did I make the right choice? Will this lead to my inevitable doom? Will my future be marred with unhappiness and regret.” Having an abortion was the only decision I never second guessed. Six weeks (and an embarrassing amount of symptoms) went by before I even contemplated the idea of being pregnant. Two tests down, I couldn’t deny it any further. A deep-seated dread filled me. In my whole life I have… Read More