A Crying Shame by Annabel Crabb

Women could use a little of the shameless confidence men take for granted 

Published in The Monthly - May 2015


The letter was kind of magnificent. It came by post (a declining tradition; these days such missives are much more likely to plop balefully into my ABC inbox) and was marked with the high-end Melbourne address of the writer, a man with whom I was not previously acquainted. Subject, in bold: “THE WIFE DROUGHT.”

“Dear Ms Crabb,” it began.