It’s Only Blood : Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation eBook
It’s Only Blood : Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation
by Anna Dahlqvist and Alice E. Olsson
English | 2018 | ISBN: 1786992620 | 258 Pages | PDF | 0.9 MB
Across the world, 2 billion people experience menstruation, yet menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. We are told not to discuss it in public, that tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In many parts of the world, poverty, culture and religion collide causing the taboo around menstruation to have grave consequences. Younger people who menstruate are deterred from going to school, adults from work, infections are left untreated. The shame is universal and the silence a global rule.
In It's Only Blood Anna Dahlqvist tells the shocking but always moving stories of why and how people from Sweden to Bangladesh, from the United States to Uganda, are fighting back against the shame.
"A marvelous blend of individual women’s experiences, activism, and academic research. . . . A remarkable educational text for all genders, It’s Only Blood is eye-opening read." - Iowa Gazette
“A wide-ranging exploration of the enduring taboos surrounding menstruation, taking the author around the globe. What she uncovers in this provocative and insightful book will make us forever rethink our ‘first world problems’ by putting periods in a global context.” - Karen Houppert, author of The Curse: Confronting the Last Unmentionable Taboo