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Flow by Elissa Stein
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Jan 22, 11

Read in January, 2011

Nice merger of a coffee-table/conventional book. I remember being in 5th grade and all the girls constantly comparing notes to see who would get their period first. And of course, those who got it first graced the others with their sage advice. I also recall being informed that tampons are bad. This book did a great job of capturing all of this with a nice historical and sociological perspective. Enjoyed the vintage ad inserts. Scary to think of Lysol being used as a douche. Even had a nice section on female hysteria, a notion that was still used by medical professionals well into the 20th century.

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