Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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- ...more
Activist Weiss-Wolf’s debut 'Periods Gone Public' explores the ever-evolving global and national political debates and conversations around mens ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more