It was with great excitement that I placed my pre-order for the sequel to Maria Lewis’ debut novel, Who’s Afraid?

When ‘Who’s Afraid?’ came out, I was lucky enough to get to interview Maria Lewis alongside my review. To summarise, I came away from the first book with a total girl-crush on the fierce main character, Tommi Grayson. Tommi, a blue-haired Scot with Maori heritage, goes seeking answers about her biological father’s side of the family and unwittingly bites off far more than she can chew. She has to come to terms with her own emerging werewolf status, helped out by her supernatural custodian, a 400+ year old hottie called Lorcan. Not to mention all the family dramas she faces and what it costs her.

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A while back, Gwyneth Paltrow had eyes rolling across the globe when she endorsed the practice of steaming one’s vagina in the interests of, um, health? Actual women’s health experts advised against the practice because, not surprisingly, sitting your bits over a herbal steam does not cleanse the womb as Gwynnie claimed. In fact, there’s no need to try to steam clean your lady bits. In the words of board certified OB/GYN Jen Gunter: “Think of it like a self-cleaning oven.”

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If asked, most people deny they even do it. But it’s a fact of life that most of us, at some point or another, will have to face pooping at work.

Even now, if someone catches you reading this, you might giggle nervously and explain that you, personally, don’t even poop. Like, ever. Because admitting to pooping is strangely embarrassing, even though we all do it in some form or another.

It’s actually a great leveler. If someone intimidates you or makes you nervous, imagine them pooping. There’s probably nothing more likely to make you aware of someone else’s humanity than the realisation that they also poop.

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