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Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

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The first book to explore menstruation in the current cultural and political landscape and to investigate the new wave of period activism taking the world by storm.

After centuries of being shrouded in taboo and superstition, periods have gone mainstream. Seemingly overnight, a new, high-profile movement has emerged—one dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovatio
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published October 17th 2017 (first published October 10th 2017)
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Nenia ✨️ Socially Awkward Trash Panda ✨️ Campbell

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I'm side-eying the heck out of this book right now because it was a special kind of fail. First, I'm reviewing this as a feminist, and whenever I read a political book, I try to approach it with an open mind - regardless of whether it's being written from a perspective I agree with or not. In this case, I did agree with the basic premise: menstruation should not be a charged or taboo subject. It happens to 50% of the population, it reall
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Half of the people in the world have periods. Menstruation was once a taboo topic associated with superstition and prone to stigma, but in the 21st century it is still a taboo topic associated with superstition and prone to stigma.

Wait, what? Unfortunately, it's true.

Periods Gone Public touches on this subject, as well as the lack of access to menstrual products in some parts of the world (something that disrupts education for girls, as they have to stay home each time they have a period due to
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Coincidentally, I started my period a couple hours after I started reading this, and it ended several hours before finishing it. (Awesome!) If you think that is gross, or you are filled with disgust & awe that I could mention something so "personal", you need to read this book, because that's exactly the line of thinking this book is attempting to combat.

While it felt repetitive, the adage that this affects HALF of the population actually needs to be repeated. A LOT. In terms of policy making a
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, non-fiction
I'm trying to raise my knowledge of feminist issues this year, and when I saw this on Netgalley it caught my attention. I guess I've never really thought about menstruation other than, you know, having one. It's not something people talk about, or want to read about. But maybe we should.

The biggest political issue surrounding periods I've heard about recently has been the campaign in the UK to scrap the so-called 'tampon tax', whereby the sale of sanitary products shouldn't also be additionally
Marie Andrews
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-feminism
Review also posted on my blog:

As a feminist and someone who frequently engages in activism, through both protests and online, I was definitely aware of the rise in political interest in periods and menstruation over the last year or so. From Kiran Ghandi’s marathon run without a tampon, to tampon tax protests, 2015 onwards definitely marked a new era in which periods were no longer marked with the same level of taboo as previously.

Yet even with an above-
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In an otherwise treacherous political era for women’s bodies and health, activists and lawmakers are advancing a new, affirmative agenda – for the very first time, one that meshes menstruation and public policy. From tax reform to public benefits to corrections policy, periods have become the surprising force fueling a high-profile, bipartisan movement.

Activist Weiss-Wolf’s debut 'Periods Gone Public' explores the ever-evolving global and national political debates and conversations around mens
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Nov 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-e-books
Disclaimer: Received a free digital copy of the book through Netgalley.

Just from the name of the book, I realized that it was one which was very important and deserved to be read so that I could expand my thoughts and finally catch up with all the fuss over periods, the last thing anyone in this patriarchal world ever thought would be the driving force behind beautifully organized political chaos.

Wolf’s voice from the very start was focused, salient, informative and unabashed, all things equal
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ----

This book needs to exist, but as it is I don't think it fits the bill quite yet.

First off, this could benefit from an addendum section for easy reference of the different organizations mentioned in the text. I know there are end notes, but they are (so very) tedious to sift through. A quick reference of organizations, and brief description of what they do, where they operate, and their contact info. would be invaluable. if th

Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the full metal jacket of menstruation activism- I loved it. Weiss-Wolf considers the issue of access to adequate menstrual care from a multitude of perspectives- political, feminist, socio-economic and environmental, as well as questioning the possible future of the new wave of possible menstrual care in the form of profit based companies.

The author considers a multitude of movements in the developing world which are opening new opportunities for women, both in terms of income and educa
This was such a shocking but also a truly inspirational read! I actually read this months ago and have been sitting on my review not sure when I should post it. Even though we live in the 21st century and almost anything can be discussed in public without embarrassment, I felt slightly unsure about the reception I’d get to a book review about menstruation. Yes it’s only on my blog, Goodreads and amazon, so it’s not like I’m standing on a street corner shouting about Period Inequality or running ...more
Rhiannon Johnson
**In this post I review ASK ME ABOUT MY UTERUS and PERIODS GONE PUBLIC. Publishers have provided complementary copies to me in exchange for honest reviews** .
Let's talk about...uteruses/uteri! Yes, those are both acceptable plural forms of 'uterus'. Half the human population has one but *wow* are they controversial! However, regardless of where you stand on hot button issues like birth control and abortion, you probably agree that periods, albeit annoying, aren't very revolutionary. But you are
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled across Periods Gone Public while browsing on amazon, and picked it up both because the topic sounded interesting and because I'm perennially interested in public policy and policy health, both of which this book promised to address. I have to say that I am extremely impressed.

Weiss-Wolf takes a topic that usually gets shunted off to the side and explains the health and wellness implications of consistently ignoring menstruation in public policy. Various chapters discuss the health im
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fic
Please note that I received this book from Thomas Allen & Son in exchange for an honest review.

I have to admit that I started off feeling pretty skeptical about this book. I mean, periods? Why would I want to read about that? And taking this book on the subway (with it's cover screaming PERIODS GONE PUBLIC)? Fat chance of that happening! But as I started to read, I realized that my reaction is part of the problem.

Why are women so ashamed and embarrassed by this natural process, WITHOUT WHICH we
Mallorie Watts
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS BOOK! I would not be surprised if I started to force people to read this and chucking copies of it at people, heck I could see myself citing it as someone would cite the Bible.
This book is easy to read, yet packed with information that will blow your mind, sometimes making you want to bodyslam the policymakers of this world, but sometimes it will give you hope.
This book covers literally every single aspect of menstruation and life.
I recommend this bo
Michelle Welch
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as an uncorrected proof from Edelweiss.

The book's slightly sassy title gives way to some serious and often dismaying content: Why is there virtually no oversight in the production of menstrual hygiene products? Why are these products taxed as if they're nonessentials, unlike food - including junk food - and medications - including Viagra? And why are they so hard to come by around the world and even in some communities in America, thereby ensuring that women find it impossible t
Laura Lacey
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Weiss-Wolf raises some really good issues. This is a thought-provoking call to arms. Weiss-Wolf introduces us to many inspirational people leading the charge for menstrual equality and breaking down the ridiculous taboo that still remains around people who bleed.
Dawn Betts-Green (Dinosaur in the Library)
2.5 stars...A fairly surface level examination of the public menstruation debates and issues. Points for covering transgender and gender nonconforming folks in these pages, but only a couple because it was woefully short coverage.
Brittany Schultz
This book is excellently written and was difficult to put down. The contents are extremely important and should be read by everyone, especially those shirking at the topic. Please read, please get involved.
sooo I'm v bad at time management and didn't realize my ARC was about to expire 😬😬 but this was off to a really fantastic start and I WILL finish it when I can get my hands on another copy!!
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The wisdom of menstrual activism (Three stars)

This book is too focused on modern day activists and emphasize the menstrual needs of a woman such as tampon tax repeal, enacting new laws for affordable and safe products for women going through menstrual cycle. Popular figures, actors, singers, and athletes have spoken openly about menstruation that helped to bring the attention of women and the media. Social media trending and activism was evident when comedienne Sarah Silverman tweeted, crime sce
Extremely obnoxious pop feminism tone. Some things I didn't know though.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, feminism
this book was tbh excellent??? it brought up so many points I had never thought of before. and while it was super informative and chock full of information, it also provided ideas for direct action. the author is good at explaining the pros and cons of different methods of activism, and is realistic about how best to work for change.

I was afraid that this book would be too cis, but the author does a great job of making it inclusive. while she obviously focuses mostly on women and girls (due to
While perhaps not what I was expecting, this book is an essential starter and springboard to a conversation that has built a load of momentum over a short two years. It's an issue that has been long-lived, honestly since the beginning, and is pushing hard recently to be resolved. This book collects many instances where people and powers take a moment to reflect on menstruation and how it effects everything and everyone--not just women--and how we can all finally say that menstruating people have ...more
Laura Hollander
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Periods Gone Public is an important (yet not laborious) read. Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, rather than just telling the reads the facts behind menstrual inequity, brings the readers on her journey towards realize first that this problem exists; second, the implications of the problem; and lastly, how we might fix the problem.

She empowers her readers with this knowledge by mentioning dozens of organizations that help mitigate the problems associated with a lack of access to pads and tampons. She brings
Nov 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am prefacing this review by saying that I am already on the menstrual activism bandwagon. I have organized service projects for sewing menstrual hygiene kits for donating abroad, I’ve gone reusable in my own product usage (I LOVE my Thinx), I do my best to normalize it with my kids of both genders from a young age, and I try to stay educated on the domestic side of menstrual inequity (although I can say from reading this that I had a prison-shaped hole in my understanding - that was eye openin ...more
TammyJo Eckhart
Oct 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf's book is going to be controversial. When I got my period in 1978 at the age of 9, no one made a negative comment at least not where I could hear them. But when hormonal hell broke loose at the age of 15, help was harm to come by that didn't involve lots of poking and lots of medication. Becoming a woman suddenly became horrible after 6 years of it being cool. I was lucky not to live in poverty or in a community where simply having a period made one a social outcast for at le ...more
Catherine Read
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Tampons and sanitary towels . . . have always been considered a luxury. That isn't by accident, that's by design of an unequal society, in which the concerns of women are not treated as equally as the concerns of men." - Stella Creasy, Member of British Parliament

My Full Review Here

I was fortunate to hear author Jennifer Weiss-Wolf talk about her book and her advocacy at Bards Alley in Vienna, VA, on Nov. 28th. The next day I was on a panel of women and girls giving a briefing on menstrual equi
Heidi Svendsen
If you call yourself a feminist, or a equalist, or just belive we should have an equal society you should read this book. The book take a great look into how periods still is a taboo today. We still have a long way to go for an equal society were necessary health articles are provided to those who cannot afford it.

During the book the author use language such as people who menstruate in stead of women who menstruate, and health products in stead of female products in order to shine a light on ot
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
OK - Here it goes:

EVERYONE NEEDS TO READ THIS. Not only because it is very well-written with lots of fun and witty wordplay, but because it seriously looks into the crisis that faces human beings that menstruate and what we should do to help out the more marginalized and homeless in today's capitalist world. It's not just about that, but also emphasizes how poorly the products we use are regulated- such as how ingredients and manufacturing processes don't have to be disclosed to consumers. Hone
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so happy I got the opportunity to read this. I happened to stumble on it on my Kindle Unlimited. The author, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf brought up so many topics that I'd pondered previously such as how healthy are pads and tampons as well as the environmental effects on those products but then I read the book and realized just how elitist those views are. I was just discussing reusable menstrual products with a few friends and cup options don't realizing just how privileged we are. We have choices ...more
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