Shame, Shame, Shame

Daisy Buchanan
Human Parts
Published in
10 min readNov 22, 2022

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Alcohol, ambition, and giving our power away

Scrabble tiles spell out the word “Shame” on a red background.

It’s a weekday in Autumn, 2008, and the world — my world — is ending.

I am wearing my Shame Trousers. Walking pyjamas. Mystery bottoms. I acquired them a few months ago, in time for festival season. Then, they were loose, slouchy, sitting below my belly button. Now, they are slightly less spacious. There’s a spare inch between my body and the waistband…

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Daisy Buchanan
Human Parts

Feminist, host of the YOU’RE BOOKED podcast, author of various (latest novel CAREERING out now)