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

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Hardback 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: 9781786992635
Number of pages: 256
Dimensions: 204 x 134 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'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

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