there are so many incredible books being written on periods! here is just a selection of my favourites, plus books that have been recommended to me. divided into books which give voice to menstruators stories, academic texts + books about the menstruating body.
some places I turn to for excellent research material are listed here.
☽ It’s Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation : : Anna Dahlqvist (2018)
this book tells the stories of those fighting back against menstrual shame, from Sweden to Bangladesh to the U.S. + Uganda.
☽ Period: Twelve Voices Tell the Bloody Truth : : edited by Kate Farrell (2018)
in this collection an array of stories are told from a wide array of perspectives, telling stories about homeless periods, male periods, political periods + more. an excellent resource for younger readers!
☽ My Little Red Book : : Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (2009)
this anthology of stories about first periods is collected from women around the world.
☽ Notes on Bleeding : : Emilie Pine, available online and in Notes to Self: Essays (2018)
in this incredible essay Irish academic Emilie Pine explores what it means to be a body that bleeds + then learns not to bleed.
☽ New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation : : Chris Bobel (2010)
in this must-read book Bobel carries out ethnographic research of menstrual activists + draws a rich illustration of the history of menstrual activism.
☽ Out for Blood: Essays on Menstruation and Resistance : : Breanne Fahs (2016)
through eleven incredible essays Fahs explores the resistive potential of menstruators, looking to zine makers, trans teenagers + tour guides.
☽ Issues of Blood: The Politics of Menstruation : : Sophie Laws (1991)
in this classic text Laws researches men’s attitudes towards menstruation.
☽ Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity : : Jennifer Weiss-Wolf (2017)
in this timely + important book Weiss-Wolf explores menstruation in the current cultural + political climate.
☽ CodeRed: Know Your Flow, Unlock Your Super Powers and Create a Bloody Amazing Life. Period. : : Lisa Lister and Meggan Watterson (2015)
this book promises to teach you how to live + work in alignment with your menstrual cycle, uncovering your monthly superpowers in the process.
☽ The Wild Genie: The Healing Power of Menstruation : : Alexandra Pope (2014)
in this self-care guide Pope guides a path for menstruators who wish to explore the spirituality of their menstrual cycle.
☽ Womancode: Perfect your Cycle, Amplify your Fertility, Supercharge your Sex Drive and Become a Power Source : : Alissa Vitti (2013)
Vitti provides an essential educative tool for menstruators who experience polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), outlining how she healed herself through food + lifestyle changes.
☽ The Menstrual Cycle: A Feminist Lifespan Perspective
this short fact sheet was prepared by the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, it covers why menstruation matters + how the menstrual cycle works
Plan International Ireland recently carried out the first survey on periods in Ireland. their research found that : :
☽ 55% of Irish menstruators felt embarrassed by their period
☽ 50% of Irish girls have experiences issues around affordability of menstrual products
☽ 1 in 2 did not find school helpful for providing information on their period
☽ 30% were asked not to speak to their male friends, brothers or fathers about their periods
if you are a student or researcher writing about periods in Ireland + would like it featured on the MÍOSTA website please send me your research/writing for consideration.
please include short abstract, author bio + full research paper.