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The Wise Wound: Menstruation and Everywoman

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Answers many of the questions that one had never thought or dared to ask. From the Foreword by Margaret Drabble
This best-selling classic is now back in print after ten years. A groundbreaking study of the facts, fantasies and taboos surrounding menstruation, "The Wise Wound" has helped bring about a profound shift in women's attitudes towards a natural phenomenon that has
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Marion Boyars Publishers
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Tessa
I finished this book in cloudy sort of state of sickness, which was appropriate given that the last chapter of the afterward is instructions for a relaxation technique. It was comforting to read those words in my fuzzy mindset.

I've thought a lot about what I would say in my review of this book. I can't say that I did receive any sort of astounding epiphany or really any sort of new discovery in reading this; but then again, the science in this book are over thirty years old (at the least, not in
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Kerry
I'm not sure I'd say it was accessible. Maybe because the authors are poets. They use a very different word order pattern. It can be hard to get used to. But I have enjoyed the point of the book- that there are unexplored areas in menstrual knowledge both spiritual and physically that we would benefit from as individuals and as a society.
Avalina Kreska
A hard read (style of writing) but the information is worth it for a much neglected subject. I think it is entirely possible that there is a negative feedback loop in society when it comes to the 'time of the month' causing all sorts of physical responses like period pain where they shouldn't exist. I would be surprised if there were many women who didn't feel 'unclean' due to how this natural process is perceived by society.

My husband read this at work and was ridiculed by the men (surprise, su
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Lucy Pearce
A little academic, but packed with insight
Antiloquax
The best book on menstruation ever.
Kira
Are you as skeptical as I am about a male, especially Ms. Shuttle's therapist, co-writing a book on menstruation? Interesting reading, though. An early classic in the "menstrual woo" genre.
Willa Grant
This is an older book but a really insightful one about how menstuation affects us & thoses around us on a physical, social & emotional level.
Cat
As far as I know, this book is unique. I highly recommend this book for both men and women. Young woman would especially benefit from this book.
Bookwhore
Very informative book on menstruation. Essential for those who worship the snatch.
David Magnenat
Every male should read this book!
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Penelope Shuttle (b. 1947) has made her home in Cornwall since 1970 and the county's mercurial weather and rich history are continuing sources of inspiration. So too is the personal and artistic union Shuttle shared with her husband, the poet Peter Redgrove, until his untimely death in 2003. The fruitful nature of their relationship is celebrated in her poetry and in the work they accomplished tog ...more
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