Ask Baba Yaga: How Do I Form Female Bonds?

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Transcript after the jump.

Dear Baba Yaga,

I used to have a lot of women friends, though recently I’ve drifted from many of these friendships. The microaggressions, displays of dominance, insults, and general toxicity has really started to get me down. How do I keep forming female bonds (which can be so incredibly rewarding) and at the same time protect myself?


Each animal is a ; ravenous little wound. All such wounds together make for a dirty, swollen crowd, & it is becoming of you to want to move beyond the mess of it. Follow not those that make the wound of you sting most, but meet those that recognize the wound within the both of you, & so are careful with you & themselves.

Previously: What Do People See In My Boredom?

Taisia Kitaiskaia is a poet, writer, and Michener Center for Writers fellow. She’s taking questions on behalf of Baba Yaga at