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Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth Periods Enter The Spotlight In This Essay Collection That Raises A Variety Of Voices On A Topic Long Shrouded In Shame And SecrecyIn This Collection, Writers Of Various Ages And Across Racial, Cultural, And Gender Identities Share Stories About The Period Each Of Our Twelve Authors Brings An Individual Perspective And Sensibility They Write About Homeless Periods, Nonexistent Periods, Male Periods, Political Periods, And Told With Warmth And Humor, These Essays Celebrate All Kinds Of Period ExperiencesPeriods Are A Fact Of Life It S Time To Talk About Them

10 thoughts on “Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth

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    The Curse Aunt Flo The Thank God She s Here Because I Did Not Want a Kid with Him No matter the name, anyone with a period should feel comfortable waxing philosophical about her This microhistory discusses societal, biological, and cultural complexities with honesty via various writers e.g Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman laugh over their period friendship.We hear a trans man s account of his period and the emotional and mental aspects never discussed, i.e., the fear of others finding out The Curse Aunt Flo The Thank God She s Here Because I Did Not Want a Kid with Him No matter the name, anyone with a period should feel comfortable waxing philosophical about her This microhistory discusses societal, biological, and cultural complexities with honesty via various writers e.g Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman laugh over their period friendship.We hear a trans man s account of his period and the emotional and mental aspects never discussed, i.e., the fear of others finding out A black woman shares how puberty and one s period negatively stereotypes young black girls in the community, i.e hypersexualization A woman, once homeless, shares tips on how to help local and national homeless women regarding their parents One such tip Hand Sanitizer Pop culture s role in founding society s view on menstruation, i.e calling it the curse and gross.I would love to see this book in global libraries as menstruation today speaks political volumes Tampon Tax Girls not able to go to school due to a lack of supplies Women are seen as unstable during their time Such nuances are challenged in this book Menstruation is normal.Menstruation is healthy.Maybe I m doing so as I type this review Viva Le Tampax Or, Kotex, if you re not a tampon aficionado Or, Diva Cup, if you rock the cup

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    I wish this book was around when I was younger 12 points of view on periods what they can mean personally and culturally western bent.

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    Eye opening and important As I read the essays, I stopped and shared sections with my husband This book evokes discussion For some, reading and talking about periods may be difficult But come on, this is a normal part of at least half of the world s population and these essays are truly enlightening Highly recommend.

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    I came across this book at a feminist bookstore while I was on a trip Not one to shy away from gender studies, I thought this would be a nice book on my shelf, seeing as I don t have any on the topic of menstruation Funnily enough, I have my own issues with periods It hasn t been regular in many years, seemingly happening whenever it pleases I carry a little pouch with supplies, just in case, but after traveling and switching bags, and all that, somehow I had forgotten to put it back in my p I came across this book at a feminist bookstore while I was on a trip Not one to shy away from gender studies, I thought this would be a nice book on my shelf, seeing as I don t have any on the topic of menstruation Funnily enough, I have my own issues with periods It hasn t been regular in many years, seemingly happening whenever it pleases I carry a little pouch with supplies, just in case, but after traveling and switching bags, and all that, somehow I had forgotten to put it back in my purse and ended up starting my period at work For some reason, the cramps were worse than usual and after work, I just wanted to take a hot bath I have come to enjoy reading in the bath and decided no book could beperfect to start on that fine day than this one.The book was a short and easy read, filled with essays coming from many people s experience with their periods The most harrowing essay was about having a period while poverty stricken I found it kind of silly that I had been so upset at my own uterus having a mind of its own when some people had theirsfrequently and couldn t even come by supplies There were suggestions as to what to pack for a period kit for someone in need that I hadn t thought of, and that I want to tell my friends about and maybe have a kit packing party.While the book was a fast read, I don t think it s any less important Periods, for some reason, are still such a taboo topic of discussion, and it really doesn t need to be I thought my period was the odd one out, but a little after reading this book, somehow the subject got brought up one night when I was with three other women Turns out, absolutely none of us are the same Mine are just irregular, one doesn t get hers at all, one is by the book, and another has to have regular checkups because her bleeding could be from ovarian cysts Why aren t we talkingabout these things All in all, I like this book, and it made me think ofways I can help another bleeding person get through their period There are many resources in the back of the book, such as places to donate, or charities that help spread the word that people with periods deserve better, such as stopping the luxury taxes placed on pads and tampons and helping incarcerated women get the supplies they need without sacrificing other needs or time.In a way, I don t think that twelve stories are enough, but it s a start I think actually talking to people about it and normalizing the topic, will help getstories out

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    Menstruation is so common, yet almost no one talks about it In fact, it s ignored so much that many women are left without the education and resources they need to effectively handle it.Does that make books contributing to the conversation about period very important Absolutely We still live in a culture that shames people who experience or never experience but are expected to experience period There are societies where women grow seriously ill because of the inadequate resources they are Menstruation is so common, yet almost no one talks about it In fact, it s ignored so much that many women are left without the education and resources they need to effectively handle it.Does that make books contributing to the conversation about period very important Absolutely We still live in a culture that shames people who experience or never experience but are expected to experience period There are societies where women grow seriously ill because of the inadequate resources they are forced to use in order to handle their cycles.These and so many other reasons are why books like this are so important.Story She ll Become A Woman LaterAuthor Arisleyda Dilone Mini Review Arisleyda Dilone is an intersex Dominican woman who came to the U.S Because she was raised as a woman, she came to identify herself and her gender identity as a woman.But she never got her period and neither did her breasts grow in, which are often two identifying factors society likes to use to tell someone, You re a woman now I think something good about reading this story is that we read about the experiences of an intersex person who was raised as a woman and was even expected to experience life as a woman When she finds out that she has male chromosomes, this engages conversations about understanding intersex issues, gender identity, and the culture of shame surrounding an absence of period towards intersex individuals It also touches very briefly on genital mutilation, which is unfortunately still a common practice around the globe and very dangerous.Something I m curious to know from this story is if Arisleyda s family ever learned that she s intersex or if they somehow already knew At least for me, this part seemed unclear and was never really expanded on.Story Periods and FriendshipAuthor Anne Friedman and Aminatou Sow Mini Review There s something relieving about having someone who understands and knows what you re going through in any aspect, and just having them be there for you can help with the situation The same can also go for periods.This story features an ongoing dialogue during the course of a single cycle between two women Anne Friedman and Aminatou Sow Of course, their experiences with period and having it associated with shame is included in this story, as well as the different aspects of misogyny involved in shaming those who experience periods, even if it s an issue that affects others besides women The conversations people hold often focuses solely on people who are AFAB instead of all who have period, including trans and non binary folks this story challenges that Further, this story also talks about how important it is to educate about period due to the lack of knowledge there is surrounding period.Several books are recommended between the two in this dialogue, but it could also be taken as personal recommendations for people to better understand how bodies function, how each body functions differently, and so on.This story encourages dialogue regarding period and shows how addressing this issue is empowering Period is part of the biology of a human being, and it s acknowledged that period shouldn t be used as an ultra political tool or as a so called source of power It is a biological cycle and a reality for many people It s as simple as that However, I felt that this focusedon dialogue than on resolution I thought of another critique of this story, but because I m sick and therefore forgetful , I ll have to bring it up when I m able to remember it Story Going with the Flow Blood and Sisterhood at the London MarathonAuthor Madame Gandhi Mini Review If there s one thing that those of us who experience period know is that we have no control over it nor over when it comes This piece is proof of that.Madame Gandhi chooses to freebleed in case you don t know what that means, it basically means you choose to not wear a tampon, sanitary pad, or any sort of material for your period once it hits in order to raise awareness for those without access to resources for menstruation In a sense, I think that this also made heraware, by giving her a small glimpse through a single event, of what it s like for those who do not have resources or have inadequate resources I think that can be an eye opening event for any woman to experience, and is important to consider when spreading education and awareness.I do feel like this story could have been longer It felt pretty short for an important topic such as this one I do want to knowabout what Madame Gandhi thought with this experience, and how it has changed both her perspective and her contributions towards changing things.Story I Can t Walk but I Can BleedAuthor Santina Muha Mini Review Those of us who have period know what it s like to have PMS, the pain that comes with menstruation, etc But what about the experiences of someone who is in a wheelchair and experiences menstruation This kind of scenario wasn t something I had given much thought to before this story, but reading this story, I can get a small glimpse into what this kind of thing is like While there are pros like if you get period unexpectedly and a stain forms on the back of your pants , there are also cons It affects Santina s decision to choose to wear pads over tampons because tampons are a small risk for TSS, but given her experiences, she is worried it ll debilitate her further and so she chooses not to wear them after a while It affects how Santina reacts through PMS.This story also briefly approaches how birth control can be extremely important for those who experience debilitating symptoms of period This is also important knowledge because there are many women who will need birth control in order to help with irregular periods and other symptoms.I did feel like sometimes Santina focuseson able bodied or non paraplegic quadriplegic experiences, so I m curious What advice would Santina Muha give for those who share and relateto her own experiences with period Story There s a First for EverythingAuthor Ingrid Nilsen Mini Review A lot of us probably remember our first period and what that was like Even if we had been educated about it, we may have felt frightened regardless about getting that first one and may even feel shame about it.This is where Ingrid Nilsen comes in with her story But she not only addresses how her first period was like, but also her experiences with breaking out of the shame surrounding period First, through the comfort of her mother second, through a roommate who is understanding about period and ignores the blood third, through a guy she dates who instead of acting grossed out immediately helps out These are important experiences that seem to have also helped her out of the shame of having been abused, the shame society gives towards lesbians including closeted lesbians like herself , and so on.This story also kinda made me think of something, which may not be important for some but I feel is important to bring up So here s what it s made me think about Planned Parenthood is an organization that supports women s health I have never personally been inside one of their organizations or even to one of the events centralizing them, but I have been aroundis a minor issue that Planned Parenthood iswilling to hand out a free condom instead of free pads the first, you can just avoid sex and never need products for sex, but period is unavoidable for many until they hit menopause This is just based on my personal observations If anyone has an experience that shows otherwise, I think it s important to contribute that to the conversation as well.To conclude, I kinda felt that her coming out is brushed aside a little, but I wonder if she could have expandedon how shame leaked out of her life through these experiences and whether or not they influenced how she came out and how she addresses period issues for all including lesbians and lesbian couples today.Story My Period and Me A Trans Guy s Guide to MenstruationAuthor Wiley Reading Mini Review Menstruation is often used as a signifier in society for womanhood, even though this has been debunked many times This story expands on how menstruation is not a signifier for womanhood.Wiley Reading talks about his experiences with period and having to learn to separate bodily functions from how society defines womanhood, and understanding that gender identity and sex identity isn t as binary as we d like to think Instead of allowing this biological experience to negate his manhood, he gives a list of ways he copes by reminding himself that he is a man and associating with a community of trans guys who will better understand where is he coming from.I think it is important to expand on this part as well I m curious to hear what advice Wiley Reading has to offer on this topic of gender identity to not just trans guys, but also trans girls and non binary folks and how separating period from identity doesn t negate gender identity Note I had a better review for this story set up earlier, but my computer malfunctioned Had to fix it and, as a result, I had to recreate this review as best as I could Story Black BloodAuthor Ashley Reese Mini Review Hitting puberty is a kind of milestone before receiving period, and Ashley Reese expands on how this affects Blacks specifically.Ashley Reese expands on how breasts start growing early for almost a quarter of all Black girls 23% This is in comparison to 15% of Latinas, 10% of White girls, and 2% of Asian girls The oversexualization of Black girls also makes Black girls targets for sexual abuse Appropriate educate about periods and the innocence of these young girls who experience puberty earlier than most demographics is absolutely necessary, and Ashley Reese expands on this through her work It is important to keep these statistics in mind because of how society tends to view marginalized women, particularly focusing on Black girls in this piece, and strive to eliminate racist ideas even in these areas.Something I would ve liked to learnabout in this piece and may learnabout throughresearch is what is happening that Black girls are experiencing puberty and periods earlier I think learningabout this would be incredibly helpful so that we can better work towards decreasing this incredibly high percentage.Story The Homeless Period It Doesn t Bear Thinking about and That s the ProblemAuthor Kylyssa Shay Mini Review When us women think about period, we think of its arrival, how it affects us, and of the resources we can utilize to help us with our periods But what happens if our access to these products is cut off Kylyssa Shay addresses how homeless people are affected by period, especially focusing on how the lack of appropriate resources makes it difficult to take care of period Additionally, Kylyssa Shay lists ways in which we can support others who are homeless and affected by periods This kind of resolution is crucial, so that we better know how to take care of the issue.Something I d want to hearabout is what does she draw from her experiences and how they ve affected her personally Story Bad BloodAuthor Emma Straub Mini Review Although so many of us experience periods, there are also those whose experiences take on a whole new level.Emma Straub expands on her own experiences with period, where she was losing incredibly high amounts of blood, was anemic as a result of losing such a significant amount of blood, and was constantly using the bathroom because of the excess blood This affected her throughout her youth and into her adult years, until she found the reason for this excess loss of blood fibroids.She tells her story so that others may be aware of how severe periods can be an indication of aserious issue Through raising awareness through her story, she gives others the ability to identify whether or not there s a problem with their period and to also seek treatment.I wonder what advice she would give to others who are experiencing the same or even similar problems, beyond seeking professional help Are there any tips she d give while the person is awaiting treatment Story The Politics of PeriodsAuthor Jennifer Weiss Wolf Mini Review Of course, in order to address periods appropriately, we need to understand the current politics of periods, how it is currently being addressed, and all current issues surrounding it This is what Jennifer Weiss Wolf expands on.Weiss Wolf addresses where we are in the fight for menstrual equity and how much farther we still need to go Examples of how much farther we need to go includes eliminating the tampon tax which sees period as a luxury as opposed to viewing it as a natural biological function and consideration of providing tampons free or inexpensive for all.We are still a long way from the end of the fight for menstrual equity, and this emphasizes the politics behind it I do wonder, after having read this piece, what led Jennifer Weiss Wolf towards delvinginto the politics of periods and what her own individual story involving this is.Story Periods, According to Pop CultureAuthor Elizabeth Yuko Mini Review Periods aren t limited to just politics and our own personal stories They can also expand into fictional areas This is what Elizabeth Yuko expands on.Elizabeth Yuko gives us further insight into how periods are addressed in media, including in helpful ways But she also talks about any myths that circulate in the media She brings up a wide range of resources as examples of how periods are made out to be bad i.e men try to avoid women during certain times of the month , and when they also perpetuate myths i.e women always experience sync up their periods Elizabeth Yuko also addresses the period paradox, which is basically that women are told to suck up the pain and discomfort of period while also being told that this pain and discomfort is so debilitating that women are incapable of holding a position of power I found this to be an interesting point, one that I ve often thought about as well, and I m glad that Yuko addressed it here.I did notice that, based on the media mentioned here, there seem to be very limited fictional resources that openly discuss periods Although not all literature and films will mention period, obviously, it seems like it s not addressed as often as it truly should be I also wonder, based on this, what advice Elizabeth Yuko would give to addressing periods better in media, particularly in fiction This book delves into details about the movement towards menstrual equity and how it affects different individuals from diverse backgrounds It discusses how menstruation is seen as a marker of womanhood, even though time and again this has proven to be a social construct The book discusses how self identified women and even trans men are affected by period and how this concept ends up being used as an identifier for womanhood instead of being acknowledged as a bodily function It discusses how Black girls are especially affected by the early onset of puberty and period It discusses how homeless folks are especially affected by the lack of resources to take care of their periods It discusses the politics of period and how muchchange must be made in order to address the issuecompletely.On one hand, I feel that maybe the book should ve been longer and or heldstories But then the book might not have been as meaningful as it is I feel that the book should ve re ordered the stories so that The Politics of Periods is featured first or last in the anthology But then people might not have wanted to delve into each person s individual story after reading The Politics of Periods Or, in the second scenario being last in the anthology , the story that follows after this one Periods, According to Pop Culture wouldn t fit as well anywhere else since it does truly feel like a follow up to The Politics of Periods So I guess this book has, instead, left me withquestions than answers But they say that some of the best books do, and I believe that to be true If anyone ever asks me for a meaningful anthology, this will be among the top I would highly recommend

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    All the yes All the angels singing All the flowers being thrown at its feet It goes where often no one ever goes and it knows it and does it intentionally without feeling intention It never cheapens itself It tells the truth and I love it Love it LOVE IT Love It The stories include black girls and their period, a marathoner who chose to free bleed while running London s marathon, thoughts on being homeless and menstruating, why there s a tax on hygiene products to start with shouldn t All the yes All the angels singing All the flowers being thrown at its feet It goes where often no one ever goes and it knows it and does it intentionally without feeling intention It never cheapens itself It tells the truth and I love it Love it LOVE IT Love It The stories include black girls and their period, a marathoner who chose to free bleed while running London s marathon, thoughts on being homeless and menstruating, why there s a tax on hygiene products to start with shouldn t they be free , being trans and your period, and on it goes Again though, it was intentional without feeling that way Each story had it s own bent but in a wonderfully powerful way that was informational, thoughtful, and empathetic There s discussions about periods portrayed in books and movies And a favorite the author who writes that she s waiting for the day in which the blue liquid used to demonstrate blood on a commercial is actually blood And right before the sign off at the end a uterus whose tubs are shaped like the bestwoman s arms And I fellin love

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    I found this book at a resale store It was surrounded by old, classic books and stood out quite a bit I ve beeninterested in reading about menstrual equity and following nonprofits that talk about it the the last few years The essays are good and cover a variety of topics such as periods while experiencing homelessness, being trans and having a period, heavy periods, periods in pop culture, etc I actually wish this was longer and filled withessays Several of the essays discussed I found this book at a resale store It was surrounded by old, classic books and stood out quite a bit I ve beeninterested in reading about menstrual equity and following nonprofits that talk about it the the last few years The essays are good and cover a variety of topics such as periods while experiencing homelessness, being trans and having a period, heavy periods, periods in pop culture, etc I actually wish this was longer and filled withessays Several of the essays discussed how so often, young people are anxious to get their period, to feel older, to being able to talk about it amongst friends I find this interesting as it was not my experience growing up, where none of my friends really talked about their periods specifically or being excited to have finally gotten theirs Even as an adult, I can think of just a few friends who will talk about their period very openly without embarrassment That s why I think books on periods are so important and needed This book in particular demonstrates that periods can differ a lot between people Maybe younger people today will be able to see a larger variety in period literature and better understand that not every period is the same And that items like tampons, pads, cups, etc should be accessible

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    Like many other reviewers, I found myself thinking that this is the book I wished for when I was younger and new to menstruation I was pleased with the message that normal doesn t really exist, but at the same time, I am not sure my 11 year old self would be as appreciative of the message I do think it s important to talk openly about it to try to relieve some of the stigma menstruation carries, and I was super impressed that this anthology included such diverse points of view, including inter Like many other reviewers, I found myself thinking that this is the book I wished for when I was younger and new to menstruation I was pleased with the message that normal doesn t really exist, but at the same time, I am not sure my 11 year old self would be as appreciative of the message I do think it s important to talk openly about it to try to relieve some of the stigma menstruation carries, and I was super impressed that this anthology included such diverse points of view, including intersex and trans authors I m pleased to have purchased a copy for my library, and it will certainly be one I recommend if anyone come hunting for information on the subject

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    The book brings to the reader s attention how part of the female life can be experienced on a multitude of levels Of course, most of us are guilty of thinking how a regular occurrence of life in our own individual world our period is probably the same across the board of life These stories help us realize that groups of women people who may look like us, live like us, experience life like us, know us, etc have a vastly different experience that our world has not introduced to us For exampl The book brings to the reader s attention how part of the female life can be experienced on a multitude of levels Of course, most of us are guilty of thinking how a regular occurrence of life in our own individual world our period is probably the same across the board of life These stories help us realize that groups of women people who may look like us, live like us, experience life like us, know us, etc have a vastly different experience that our world has not introduced to us For example, many of us have the beautiful luxury of living in a home whereas others have suffered a setback, a loss, a major life game change that has left them homeless Therefore, life occurrences between these different groups of people are different Stories include the impact of a period on a transgender, a young girl, a marathon runner, andinteresting and beautiful people.Based on a five star rating, I give it five stars 1 Buy from the author in the future Yes2 Did it keep me intrigued Yes3 Story line adventurous, mysterious, and believable Yes4 Would I recommend to a family member friend Yes 5 Did my idea of the book based on the cover remain the same after I read the book Yes The art is clever and clear as to what the book is about

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    See this review andon Books and Ladders Disclaimer I received a copy of this book and chose to review it This in no way impacts my opinion.This was alright It had some interesting pieces but it was kind of boring I would have liked them to bepersonal essays than informational essays that had a tinge of personal to them See this review andon Books and Ladders Disclaimer I received a copy of this book and chose to review it This in no way impacts my opinion.This was alright It had some interesting pieces but it was kind of boring I would have liked them to bepersonal essays than informational essays that had a tinge of personal to them

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