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I have just interviewed New York based author Elissa Stein who has co written a great book called ‘Flow, the cultural story of menstruation, published next week, which looks at all the taboos and tales around women’s periods. Below is an extract from the advance publicity:

Females make up more than half of the people in with world and every single one—pop stars, housewives, Masai tribeswomen, psycho killers, geisha girls, the Queen of England, rocket scientists, bag ladies—gets a period that lasts up to a week, about once a month, for forty years. So why is menstruation still the ultimate taboo subject?

Flow tells you where it's at about menstruation: what it is, what we've been told and how we've been sold, and what we should definitely know. It's the most natural of cycles with the most unnatural of histories. It's a funny, fascinating, and occasionally scary story of big business, advertising, feminism, gender roles, medicine, religion, world culture, and above all, good manners . . . in which every single female, young or old, will recognize her story._

She was a great woman to interview. Do take a look at the last post on www.changingpeople.co.uk let me know what you think! Jane [Link Removed]


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