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It's Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation (Paperback)
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It's Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 15/05/2018
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For women and girls around the world, menstruation has become a mark of shame. They are told that it is not to be discussed in public, that their tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In parts of the developing world, the taboo around menstruation has had grave consequences, with girls deterred from going to school, women from work, and with infections often left untreated. In such societies, poverty, culture and religion all collide to create a stifling atmosphere of stigma and silence. In It's Only Blood, journalist Anna Dahlqvist offers a global perspective on our attitudes to menstruation, as told through the experiences of women in countries ranging from Sweden and the United States to Uganda, India and Bangladesh. Dahlqvist reveals how women around the world are being denied their basic human rights, through the denial of access to menstrual hygiene products, adequate toilets, and education about their bodies. Through conversations with activists and experts, Dahlqvist also shows how women are starting to fight back against the climate of shame, and how what was once unspeakable has become a key struggle in the global movement for women's rights.

Publisher: Zed Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781786992628
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

`Dahlqvist dives deeply into a rarely explored phenomenon. Her writing is lively, humane, and smart, tying in ancient taboo laws and current Instagram phenomena. From free bleeding to employment laws, It's Only Blood shines a light on every conceivable aspect of menstruation. It's Only Blood is intimate, provocative, and often funny, shattering the stigma of menstruation for people all around the world.'

Foreword Reviews

`A necessary contribution to the conversation on gender liberation. Dahlqvist masterfully moves between storytelling and frameworking how stigma holds menstruators back globally, while offering tangible solutions to many of these problems. A must read.'

Kiran Gandhi, musician, activist, and free-bleeding runner at the 2015 London Marathon

`An eye-opening and necessary book that will challenge your assumptions. Thought provoking, relevant and sensitively written. If you want to know more and do more to end menstrual taboos, read it.'
Chella Quint, founder of #periodpositive

`Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand and take action against the global consequences of menstrual shame, stigma, and taboo. An insightful and inspiring read that will challenge you to think and behave differently.'
Mandu Reid, founder of The Cup Effect

`Brilliant. It was frustrating to realise how much there is to be done, but also inspiring to read about these groups of women all over the world working bloody hard toward the same ideal: that periods do not need to stand in the way of an education, a future, or a good life.'
Gabby Edlin, founder of Bloody Good Period

`Only when we call out the unnecessary shame and stigma that surrounds periods can we demand meaningful change. Dahlqvist's deft, compassionate storytelling, and her critical global perspective, are a tremendous contribution to the movement for menstrual equity.'
Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, author of Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

`A lushly detailed and often intimate portrait of a global social movement. What's more, Dahlqvist's perceptive account reveals the insidious power of stigma to limit lives.'
Chris Bobel, author of New Blood: Third-Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation

`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

It's Only Blood: Anna Dahlqvist in conversation with Gabby Edlin (Bloody Good Period)

It's Only Blood: Anna Dahlqvist in conversation with Gabby Edlin (Bloody Good Period)

London - Tottenham Court Road
Wednesday 23rd May 19:00

Journalist Anna Dahlqvist will discuss her book It's Only Blood with Bloody Good Period founder Gabby Edlin. Join them in discussing the taboo and shame around a process which affects 2bn people in the world - and bring along sanitary products to donate to Bloody Good Period

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