Two Serious Ladies is a small online magazine to promote writing and art by women.

The magazine was created in 2012 by Lauren Spohrer, who regrets how slowly she responds to submissions.

It’s named for the 1943 short novel by Jane Bowles. The novel contains the line:

“I wanted to be a religious leader when I was young and now I just reside in my house and try not to be too unhappy.” 


Aarne-Thompson Type 2009 (Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviewers Describe A Scene In Which A Teenage Boy Covers A Teenage Girl’s Mouth As She Screams No, Bangs Her Head Against A Rock and Then Rapes Her As She Slips Into Unconsciousness) by Jillian Buckley

She has put herself in a dicky situation His baser urges take control He succumbs to temptation He Gets horny Gets a tad bit impatient Is a little too forward Is an unprincipled horndog Just can’t keep those shorts on sex-crazed demons that we are men just can’t stop trying to degrade our heroine And when the rapist is castratedThis is very much a female empowerment film every male in the theater will cross his legs in empathy he seems genuinely hurt– by the rejection as much as the castration. In a bloody, nightmarish, young-romantic way, it’s kind of touching.



Jillian Buckley is a full-spectrum doula and tenants' rights organizer. Last week, she saw a baby born inside the amniotic sac. Unrelatedly, she is being sued for $31,000,000 for slander. Other writing has appeared in DIAGRAM, Yes! Magazine Online, and TheMarker. You can reach her at

Burials by Evie Woltil Richner

Victory Camera 1-6 by Eleanor Paynter