To help you further explore menstruation whether through fiction or commentary and the stigma associated with it, here is a list of books you can check out.
“Flow: The Cultural Story of Menstruation” by Elissa Stein and Susan Kim
Written humorously and unapologetically, Stein and Kim’s book urges us to recognize our bodies, break down stereotypes and myths about periods. It does a great job of calling out advertisements that romanticize menstruation while also talking about the primitive ideas around the topic from the past.
“Period” by Emma Barnett
Barnett’s book is a social commentary on period education, workplace initiatives, period poverty and periods in transgender men. She explores the political and social attitudes towards periods and women’s health. “Period” is an attempt to start a conversation about menstruation for all people, not just women.
“Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity” by Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
Keeping with the current political dialogue about menstrual equity, Weiss-Wolf’s book dives into how the social standing of the person affects their period, with an emphasis on poverty and the prison system. In this narrative, she throws light on leaders that fight for better access to menstrual health and hygiene, and the measures that can be taken globally to make way toward period equity.
“Vagina Problems” by Lara Parker
Deputy editorial director at Buzzfeed, Lara Parker opens up in the “Vagina Problems” about living with endometriosis and the challenges that it brings with it. The candid memoir reveals her experience of being misdiagnosed repeatedly and dating without penetrative sex. The book encapsulates her journey of dealing with the chronic pain of endometriosis that occasionally leads to seizures and how it affects her mental and sexual health.
“Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret” by Judy Blume
A coming-of-age story set in the early 1970s, this book is a light read about Margaret who moves from New York to neighbouring New Jersey. It takes us along as she navigates boys, getting her period, bras, making new friends and coming into her own as a teenager.