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 witches and women monsters and the real message behind girls’ Halloween costumes

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Irena Ioannou on the myths and realities about sex after marriage and how to achieve the ‘happily ever after’

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Irena Ioannou on shedding baggage, self-care, and developing boundaries in middle age

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Irena Ioannou on how creating a better and kinder society starts with empathy at home

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Irena Ioannou on how poverty and hunger makes women vulnerable to prostitution

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Irena Ioannou on women and financial independence and the need for financial clarity in a relationship

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Irena Ioannou on the stereotypes, prejudices and thoughts that plague working mothers

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Irena Ioannou on childhood dreams, new year’s resolutions, and letting go of responsibility

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Irena Ioannou on her three ways to overwhelm a mother at Christmas

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Irena Ioannou on how to talk to our kids about war, displacement, and child refugees

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Irena Ioannou on family values, gender equality, and honesty before marriage

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Irena Ioannou on female autonomy, true freedom, and why men obsess over women’s free time

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