Period
Periods enter the spotlight in this essay collection that raises a variety of voices on a topic long shrouded in shame and secrecy.In 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 more. Told with warmth and humor, these essays celebrate all kinds of period experiences.Periods are a fact of life. It's time to talk about them.

Period Details

TitlePeriod
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 8th, 2018
PublisherFeiwel & Friends
ISBN-139781250141941
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Feminism, Writing, Essays

Period Review

  • Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
    January 1, 1970
    "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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  • Stacy268
    January 1, 1970
    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).
  • Wanda C
    January 1, 1970
    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, and more interesting 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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  • Shelby Davis
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a great view on period stories that you might have thought about at one time. I learned a lot from this book and I am motivated to end many of the stereotypes that are forced upon periods without us even knowing about it! Defiantly a must read for any girl, young or old. This book also has many follow up sources that are worth your time to check out.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like the teens at my library will really enjoy this book, and I learned some information that I didn't know. For me, the book is just okay. I think I was surprised at what was told, and I was expecting it to be more humorous. I thought the book was written for younger girls just starting, but I think it reads more older teen. It will be a conversation starter!
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