GAZE is our women’s column by Irena Ioannou.

Also an accomplished poet, Irena uses this sensibility in her writing to subvert the way we see the world as well as giving us her perspective on being a woman in our modern world.

Irena Ioannou writes from Crete, Greece and her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Betty Fedora, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, Mortar, OTV, and elsewhere. She is a mother of four.

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Irena Ioannou on supporting women who choose motherhood as a single person

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Irena Ioannou on how the act of changing perspective can create a better world

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Irena Ioannou on the importance of real and honest friendships in a women’s life

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Irena Ioannou on aging versus growing up as a woman, living one’s own life and finally becoming an adult

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Irena Ioannou on going against our parental instinct to protect and teaching our children to fly (in real life)

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Irena Ioannou on UFO denial, government rebranding, and why we need to start talking about aliens

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Irena Ioannou on parenting an athletic child and how to recognize a bad coach

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Irena Ioannou on women astronauts and the question of gender politics in space exploration

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Irena Ioannou on society’s role in the abuse and violence against women and the move to change it

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Irena Ioannou on wanting more beyond the glass ceiling and access to power for gender equality

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Irena Ioannou on science, religion and the afterlife, and the freedom of debate

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Irena Ioannou on the right-wing push in parts of Europe to force through shared custody legislation

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