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 innovatioThe 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 innovation, and smart policy advocacy to address the centrality of menstruation in relation to core issues of gender equality and equity In Periods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss Wolf the woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation s badass menstrual activists explores why periods have become a prominent political cause From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about Weiss Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for period equity and introduces readers to the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen From societal attitudes of periods throughout history in the United States and around the world to grassroots activism and product innovation, Weiss Wolf challenges readers to face stigma head on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power and the absolute normalcy of menstruation.
Periods Gone Public Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity 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
Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI 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 really sucks for the people who ex [...]
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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 and misogyn [...]
Review also posted on my blog lotsoflivres 2017 07 23 p 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 average level of [...]
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 menstruati [...]
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 equally [...]
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 the fact [...]
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 char [...]
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 education [...]
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, as a hum [...]
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 to fully p [...]
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.
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
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 scene [...]
Disclosure I received this book for free from 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 there is to be some sort of webpa [...]
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 equ [...]
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 a great [...]
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 least [...]
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 ParliamentMy Full Review HereI 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 equity issues on [...]
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 other [...]
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 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 Honestly though [...]
I was so excited when this book came in the mail because it s a topic I am passionate about women s health, and I m the feminist nerd who gets excited talking about reusable menstrual products I ll start by saying I m really glad this book was written I think it provides excellent resources to anyone interested in moving forward menstrual policies and conversations, especially students or activists However, beyond my initial excitement to read the book, I found myself slogging through what felt [...]
Thank you for this book, finally someone is writing about a subject that society thinks and believes is taboo I am glad that this book was written and the topic was brought to light Everyone needs to realize that half of the world expel blood for 5 7 days every month and survive I was surprised how well researched this book was and how the author is standing up for this topic Menstrual equity is something that needs to happen and be fought for I enjoyed the book and I honestly believe that every [...]
This was an interesting book, but I do think it s the type of book that is basically only going to be read by people that already understand a lot of what she s talking about I did really appreciate that she made a point of talking about how these issues affect non binary people and trans men differently but equally strongly I also thought she did a good job of making it clear how widespread these issues are and avoiding any tone of western superiority or of white savior complex This was a quick [...]
Eye opening and thought provoking Punny chapter titles were a plus A plethora of information on the sociocultural, economical, political, and environmental issues re menstruation and the marginalization of low income, trans, and inmates Why is menstruation taboo Why are condoms but not menstrual products provided on campuses Times have changed Sex and gender are no longer binary Prisons, religious practices, taxes, policy, education, and etc need to reflect these changes Nicely tied together wit [...]
This is an important topic, and firmly think we should talk about periods and create new policies to address the problems faced by women who menstruate In that line, this is a relevant book however, I got bored.I enjoyed the first 80 pages or so, but the second half was very long and I didn t see the point, too many repetitions and name dropping I understand the need to acknowledge contributors to the cause, but for an outsider me it s too much The first pages were informative though, and I m g [...]
3.5 stars A very eye opening, if a bit preachy, book Author throws a ton at you Some chapters are reader friendly than others, so be prepared for footnotes galore Despite the unevenness, it is vital information to know, especially as a woman One last issue the author has a bit of a savior complex in some chapters Despite these hiccups, this is a very timely read Thanks to netgalley for a copy to review.
Fantastic Weiss Wolf does an excellent job of representing both breadth and depth of the world of the period She examines media coverage, issues related to menstrual product access, and popular culture I love how she weaves public policy and advocacy into the book, giving the reader ideas for how to get involved This book is a must read for any feminist policy wonk
I liked Wolf s writing style her chapters flow really well While it was repetitive in some places especially towards the last 2 chapters , it s definitely worth the read One of the best points that she emphasizes is that safe, non shaming attitudes and environments toward menstruation are policy points that all parties can support.
Last book of 2017 Oddly enough, and maybe partially planned, reading this book corresponded perfectly with my period this month While there was a lot of repetition, especially around the last 50 or so pages, there were so many interesting points brought up in this book.