Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity

Arcade: Skyhorse. Oct. 2017. 328p. notes. index. ISBN 9781628727975. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781628727982. SOC SCI
OrangeReviewStarLawyer, writer, and advocate for equitable menstrual policy Weiss-Wolf has spent several years compiling information about the social, economic, and environmental issues surrounding menstruation. In the author's first book, she strikes a balance between analysis and opinion in each chapter, creating a thoroughly researched call to action. Included are discussions of the historical and religious roots of shame and stigma surrounding menstruation, the impact this shame has on access to education, and how financial barricades that limit the purchase of feminine hygiene products keep women experiencing poverty or homelessness stuck in a vicious cycle. Weiss-Wolf suggests that, especially in this political climate, such systemic forms of controlling and marginalizing women need to be eradicated through policy change, and she lays out ways in which this would work in language that is accessible, nuanced, and groundbreaking. This work could easily be taught in women's studies, gender, and sexuality courses alongside Gloria Steinem's essay "If Men Could Menstruate."
VERDICT Relevant for all readers interested in how current government policies impact society and for those wishing to learn more about global approaches to innovation.
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