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  • Periods Gone Public

  • Taking a Stand on Menstrual Equality
  • By: Jennifer Weiss-Wolf
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
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In Periods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf - the woman Bustle dubbed one of the nation's "badass menstrual activists" - explores why periods have become a prominent political cause. From eliminating the tampon tax, to enacting new laws ensuring access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about.

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  • Interesting, a bit dogmatic, and missing European perspective

  • By mark leitch on 12-25-17

Interesting, a bit dogmatic, and missing European perspective

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Reviewed: 12-25-17

It was interesting enough. It repeated itself a lot. I think it was too big of jump to assume what Trump meant in his statement, but the author repeated it over and over again as if doing so made her assumption correct.

I remember as a kid that in 1988 while running track in 7th grade my coach at my school said a few years prior tampons were used for nosebleeds because they were deemed not safe for their original school purchased use (the schools bought so many), but that wasn’t mentioned in the book. I think incidents like that set back the free tampon moment more than the author cared to research or mention as if free tampons are a new idea that they hadn’t tried before in schools in the early 80s and been burned.

But overall it is a nice book.

I wish it had more of an international perspective for the economics of free tampons. I would have liked to hear more about it from a pan-European prospective. Are say Germans or Ukrainians contemplating or already supplying free tampons? That would help explain if it would be sustainable in the US over the long run. Don’t get me wrong, it is a really nice helpful goal.

After listening to this book, I wonder if unsafe dioxin-tainted tampons could have contributed to my mom’s death from ovarian cancer at age 49 in the year 2000. She was one those 42% of women that the author quotes as preferring tampons. I wonder what percentage of Europeans prefer tampons, but then again there is that international perspective that is lacking some.

There was one chapter in the beginning of the book that was almost exactly like a web page on the internet. It is hard to tell from an audio book of due credit was given — I hope so.

The chapters about pad production in India were very interesting and fun to listen to.