This Is Us

Starving Myself Straight

Coming to terms with my sexual anorexia

Double exposure photo of woman with light trails.
Double exposure photo of woman with light trails.

In her 2000 novel Aliens and Anorexia, Chris Kraus writes that it’s “impossible to conceive a female life that might extend outside itself.” That is, we expect women to be insular, private, shrinking. Kraus is writing about philosopher Simone Weil, who starved herself to death at 34, the age I am now.