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

It's Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation By Anna Dahlqvist, Alice Olsson (Translated by) Cover Image
By Anna Dahlqvist, Alice Olsson (Translated by)
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Every day 800,000,000 people menstruate. Yet menstruation is still seen by many as a mark of shame. We are told not to discuss it in public, that tampons and sanitary pads should be hidden away, the blood rendered invisible. In many parts of the world, poverty, culture, and religion collide, causing the taboo around menstruation to have grave consequences. Younger people who menstruate are deterred from going to school, adults from work, infections are left untreated. The shame is universal and the silence a global rule. 

In It’s Only Blood Anna Dahlqvist tells the shocking but always moving stories of why and how people from the United States to Uganda, Sweden to Bangladesh, are fighting back against the shame.

About the Author

Anna Dahlqvist is a journalist specializing in women’s and girls’ rights. She is editor-in-chief of Ottar and the author of books on abortion rights. She lives in Sweden. Alice Olsson is a Swedish-English translator, writer, and editor specializing in human rights and literary translation.

Praise For…

“Simple, stark, and stunning all at once.”
— Ms.

It’s Only Blood is intimate, provocative, and often funny, shattering the stigma of menstruation for people all around
the world.”
— Foreword Reviews

"A marvelous blend of individual women’s experiences, activism, and academic research. . . .  A remarkable educational text for all genders, It’s Only Blood is eye-opening read."
— Iowa Gazette

“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

“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

“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 realize how much there is to be done, but also inspiring to read about these groups of women all over the world working bloody hard towards 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

“Journalist Anna Dahlqvist ambitiously sets out to explore menstruation on a global level, particularly where shame intersects with poverty.”
— Refinery29

Product Details
ISBN: 9781786992628
ISBN-10: 1786992620
Publisher: Zed Books
Publication Date: June 15th, 2018
Pages: 160
Language: English