What on earth do whales have to do with All About Women?
Darcey Steinke, author of Flash Count Diary, was astounded to discover what she had in common with ageing female orcas when going through her own uneasy menopausal transformation.
In her writing, Steinke details her kinship with Lolita, a killer whale thought to be aged in her mid-50’s who has been kept in captivity since 1970 in a Miami amusement park. It’s heartbreaking stuff, especially when you consider that whales have spindle cells in their brains – the cells linked to empathy. #FreeLolita.
Steinke’s exploration of her own journey through menopause and the oppressive cultural silence that surrounds it is drawn in parallel to the physical oppression of her long-distance middle-aged companion Lolita. A killer whale as a sort of menopausal spirit guide. Who knew?