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Blackfishing the IUD by Caren Beilin
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it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction-or-memoir, small-pressy-or-obscurish

Beilin is one of the most spectacular writers I've discovered in years and I binged all her books after reading her "autofiction" memoir, Spain, last year. Blackfishing the IUD is a full throttle flamethrower meant to illuminate and dismantle the way gendered illness is discussed and treated RIGHT NOW!
Specifically, it's about the dangers of intrauterine devices (IUDs) and how the copper elements in the author's IUD triggered a crippling ongoing struggle with RA (rheumatoid arthritis). Interspersed with accounts from other people affected (from online discussion boards, which are numerous), this book is a wake-up call. But it's also a Caren Beilin book, which means it's a wildly stunning mix of references--from Etel Adnan and J.A. Baker to medical history and coffee enemas--and styles (Beilin's writing in all her books can swing from rage to humor quickly and unpredictably).
This book will coincide with a podcast featuring authors, activists, and patients on October 17th. The book is published by the wonderful and artful small press, Wolfman Books, so it may not be as widely seen as other health-related books. I urge you to order it straight from the publisher.
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Reading Progress

September 3, 2019 – Started Reading
September 3, 2019 – Shelved
September 3, 2019 – Shelved as: nonfiction-or-memoir
September 3, 2019 – Shelved as: small-pressy-or-obscurish
September 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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